22 October 2009
In an effort to improve efficiencies, boost services, and cut costs, the University System of Ohio is moving to a cloud-based model for communications technologies. Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut shares his insights about the benefits he expects to realize from this approach.
[Source: Campus Technology]
30 April 2009
From macworld.com: Amazon is inviting students, educators and researchers to apply for grants that will give them free access to the company’s hosted computing services.
The company expects to dole out up to $1 million per year worth of services, depending on the quality of the applications, it said.
Amazon has already made the offer to a few universities. Last year, 300 students in Harvard’s introductory computer science course used Amazon Web Services to learn firsthand about virtualization, scalability and multi-core processing, according to David J. Malan, lecturer on computer science at Harvard University.
10 April 2009
Academia has seen “explosive growth” in the outsourcing of student e-mail systems, according to a new study.
Nearly 20-percent of the senior IT leaders surveyed said commercial providers now host their primary student e-mail systems, said the report from Educause, the nonproft higher-education technology consortium.
Faculty and staff e-mail is another story. Only 2.3-percent of those primary systems were hosted commercially, Educause found, in part because of concern over confidentiality.
You’ll find lots of other campus communications topics addressed in the study, titled Spreading the Word: Messaging and Communications in Higher Education.”
[Source: Chronicle of Higher Education - Wired Campus]