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HP and Microsoft Simplify Technology Environments With Solutions Built on New Infrastructure-to-Application Model


Tech Trend: Cloud Computing -- from by Ethan Lyon
Prediction: Software will eventually fade away while everything moves to the cloud. The only hard-disk space you’ll need is to backup your files.


Cloud Computing Grows Up -- from by Ric Telford
In 2009, the cloud went from a vague concept to a must-have technology.

Cloud Standards Wiki


Cloud Computing -- from John Seely Brown
We also spent the past year combining extensive research and industry insights to explore the topics of cloud computing and next-generation Web services. This resulting publication explores the topic from different perspectives: business drivers, architectural models, and transformation strategies:

  1. Demystifying clouds: Explores the characteristics of next-generation architectures – cloud and service grid – that have the potential to support substantive changes in global enterprise constructs and operations.

  2. Moving information technology platforms to the cloud: Provides insights into IT platform architecture transformation from existing to next-generation architectures that will help companies:
    • Simplify the architectures
    • Better align them with businesses they enable
    • Provide the means to externalize and manage policies across all architecture layers

  3. Motivation to leverage cloud and service grid technologies: Discusses the pain points that might be eliminated by migration to next-generation architectures.



Video: The Entrepreneur and the Cloud: Silicon Valley Rejuvenated, Singapore Coming of Age, Silicon Valley Leadership Forum, Stanford, California, September 24, 2009 [download slides (PDF)].

Presentation: The Big Shift: Clouds, “Pull” and the Changing Nature of Business Innovation (PDF) – Gartner’s Application, Architecture Development and Integration Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 8, 2009.

Paper: Web Services 2.0: Policy Driven Service Oriented Architectures (PDF) with Thomas B Winans,
May 2008.

Presentation: Global View of Infocomm in 2015 (PDF)
March 2005.


What Is Cloud Computing? -- from


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Amazon's CloudFront

-- from Flash in the Cloud


Introducing the SCORM Cloud -- from B.J. Schone
How to describe the SCORM Cloud…
If you didn’t have to use an LMS to offer learning content, where would you want to do it? A Facebook page? Your WordPress blog? Via an iGoogle widget? Maybe, but you’d lose the ability to track and record and assess, right? Enter SCORM Cloud, which lets you take learning outside the LMS and put it pretty much anywhere you want.

How does that happen? Essentially, your course content sits out on the cloud (much like your Google Docs or your Flickr pictures), and SCORM Cloud lets you deliver it wherever you want. SCORM Cloud tracks and records the same things SCORM 2004 (or 1.2 or AICC) would in your LMS and reports them back. So you can score quizzes, track interactions or set sequencing for any content you upload to the SCORM Cloud. No LMS required.

SCORM cloud

Moodle in the Cloud
-- from elblog by James Ballard

4 tech trends to watch -- from by Michael V. Copeland, senior writer
Tech investing is all about the next big thing. Here are the trends that could really pay off:

  1. On-demand software
  2. The rise of the smartphone
  3. Data, data, everywhere
  4. Electricity gets smart


Apple Considers Bringing iTunes Into the Cloud -- from by Scott Gilbertson



Computing in the Clouds


IDC predictions for 2010

The Cloud Opens the Floodgates for Faculty Innovation
-- from by Trent Batson
Web 2.0, named in 2004, was the cultural tipping point when virtualization or cloud computing became the emerging default throughout our society and therefore on campus: Though this moment is, and will be understood decades from now to be, the end of one human era--when the entire thrust of knowledge-making was toward permanence and individual authority--and the beginning of another when the entire thrust of knowledge-making is toward conversation and consensus authority, few have any sense of the true disrupted equilibrium we live within every day.


An Economic Argument for Cloud Computing -- from by Kevin Merritt


How Google’s Chrome OS is pushing us to the clouds -- from Royal Pingdom by Devindra Hardawar


Heads in the Cloud | -- from John Pearce, Educational Consultant
Simon Lewis is a great Irish educator and this very practical post explores how he is using Google Docs across his school. I particularly like the way he uses the tools to meet real needs by fashioning them in very innovative ways.

Shaping the Promise of Cloud Computing for Higher Education -- from Educause by Brad Wheeler and Shelton Waggener
Could the broad adoption of cloud computing be a critical multi-institution step toward Vest's meta-university? Vest noted: "The meta-university will enable, not replace, residential campuses, especially in wealthier regions. It will bring cost-efficiencies to institutions through the shared development of educational materials. It will be adaptive, not prescriptive."


Is Cloud Computing a Credible Solution for Education? -- from by Denise Harrison
Can cloud computing live up to its hype, or is it just another empty promise designed to create demand and liberate more funds from already strapped IT budgets?

Cloud Computing in Plain English -- by Lee Lefever


Top 10 questions to ask your cloud provider

-- from page 40


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On-Demand Video Encoding: Guide To The Best Cloud-Based Services -- from Robin Good's Latest News by Daniele Bazzano
Are you looking for an on-demand video encoding service? Do you need a cloud-based alternative that works seamlessly across any type of hardware or operating system? Are you looking for an easy way to convert videos to publish on your web site or watch on your iPod?


Demystifying Cloud Computing for Higher Education -- from ECAR by Richard N. Katz, Philip J. Goldstein, and Ronald Yanosky | Volume 2009, Issue 19 | 13 pages
Abstract: This ECAR research bulletin is the first in a series of bulletins devoted to cloud computing in higher education. It summarizes insights and a framework for thinking about cloud computing, and it touches on potential emergent roles for public and private clouds. The findings draw from spring 2009 interviews with industry and university information technology (IT) leaders, a review of current literature, and a synthesis of recent research from the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR).


Some items concerning cloud computing and the US Government

From Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Sept 16, 2009 | #591 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
US CIO Shifts to Cloud Computing and Apps: Take a few minutes and look at a brand new government site:

This was released this week by the US CIO, Vivek Kundra, as a way of pushing the Federal Government to start innovating with Cloud Computing, Thin Applications and Open Source Solutions. The page has a range of "cloud" based applications that Federal employees can start to leverage for free or very low cost - for productivity, collaboration or knowledge sharing. It is interesting to see the CIO take an advocacy vs. command and control approach to building awareness and use of these types of apps. Check out the page and pay attention to the range of Web 2.0 Social Media and Collboration applications. There has already been quite a bit of rapid experimentation from agencies ranging from the Marine Corps to the U.S. Dept of Energy.

Helping the federal government transition to the cloud -- from





IBM Launches Cloud-Based Desktop - Jeffrey Schwartz, THE Journal -- from Ray Schroeder
IBM has begun taking desktop computing directly to the cloud. The company this week released a virtualized client computing offering it touts as a cloud-based desktop. The new service will let business users login to their desktops from either a thin-client terminal or low-end PC. But rather than using the thin client to connect to data in an enterprise data center via IBM's Smart Business private cloud and CloudBurst offerings, both of which were launched in June, users will be accessing those same resources in the cloud hosted by IBM. The latter was also disclosed at the time. Big Blue's new Smart Business Desktop on the Cloud is subscription-based and is intended for those that don't want to invest in the server, software and networking infrastructure, according to IBM.


Cloud Computing: “Be Prepared” - Bernard Golden, EDUCAUSE Review -- link/quote from Ray Schroeder
With so much interest, one might be tempted to dismiss cloud computing as a fad. But is it?
Most of those in the computer industry don't think so. IBM, Microsoft, VMware, Sun Microsystems, and a host of others are poised to invest literally tens of billions of dollars in cloud computing. If this is a fad, it is unprecedented in the amount of money and the number of leading vendors involved. So, what exactly is cloud computing? Although it seems that every vendor (and indeed, every person) has a definition of cloud computing, I like the one proffered by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at the University of California, Berkeley, in "Above the Clouds."


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Fight of the Century! It’s a Mega “Free For All!” -- from The Future of Education by Jim Moulton
Wow.  Microsoft has announced that in 2010 it will begin giving away a version of its flagship Office productivity suite as an online toolset. On his Big Tech blog at Fortune Magazine Jon Fortt tells the story in “Microsoft Office to go online - for free.” He tells us, “…this bold move to the web [is] either the dumbest thing the company has ever done, or a stroke of genius. If Microsoft gets this wrong, it will cannibalize its own Office business, and investors will howl. If it gets this right, Microsoft will crush Google, Zoho, and all the other rivals who are nibbling away at Office’s dominance.


Beyond the Cloud (p. 16 of 33) -- from eCampusNews
Noted technology writer George Gilder tells higher education IT leaders to prepare for the next innovation in network computing: Storm computing; ; some notable quotes include:

“The extreme vision that everybody has always understood is [being able to] conduct your educational processes anywhere around the world with full interactive realism,” he said in an interview with eCampus News. “So it [gives] people who [create] innovative courses the ability to make them available to essentially a global audience.” This advancement, he added, will result in “more lifelong learning and educational opportunities.”

Storm computing powered by petaflops capabilities will forever alter the way colleges and universities function, Gilder said. The ability to advance educational information far faster than today’s technology allows, he said, will attract experts from all fields to higher education.

...the days of massive hardware purchases — a major contributor to skyrocketing IT costs in higher education — are coming to an end. “There’s going to be a point where I won’t have to buy hardware or local licenses or anything like that,” said Burleson, the university’s CIO since 1995.


Cloud Confusion Amongst IT Professionals -- from
Buck adds, “If organisations are going to embrace cloud computing in the future it’s essential that a single, simplified explanation is adopted by everyone. Failure to cut through the confusion could result in organisations rejecting this technology and missing out on the benefits it provides.”


IBM Takes on Google with Social Cloud Apps -- from
As the cloud brings enterprise applications together, it also gives companies new competitors. Today, IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) (among other cloud app providers) faced off at the Enterprise 2.0 conference over cloud-based applications. Scoring an upset over Google Apps was IBM’s LotusLive Connections, which is so new it’s not available until June 30, 2009, but the IBM product won the Enterprise 2.0 Cloud Computing Buyers’ Choice Award.

LotusLive Connections offers profiles that list employees’ expertise so that others can find them, blogs so that experts can share knowledge and learn from each other, add a dogear to bookmarks and share information, Activities for project collaboration, and brings it all together in one unified home page. IBM’s social cloud software is fully integrated. Other LotusLive cloud services include LotusLive Engage for collaboration, LotusLive Meeting for voice and video conferencing, LotusLive Events for registration and ticketing of large meetings, LotusLive Notes Web mail, and LotusLive iNotes file sharing.

Today’s businesses are hyper-extend ed, meaning that employees work with others who are outside the business office.


Strategic Outsourcing and Cloud Computing: Reality Is a Sober Adversary -- from Educause, by Michael Corn
This research bulletin examines outsourcing and cloud computing through the lens of strategic decision making for higher education. Strategic decisions have long-term impact, create institutional advantage, are difficult to reverse, affect organizational scope, stretch resources and competencies, and often require high-level governance. As such, they are inherently risky because they often involve a high degree of uncertainty. Outsourcing, particularly when applied to core or infrastructure services, can have unintended consequences that should be weighed during the decision-making process.

Countdown To $200,000,000 And The Arrival Of ‘Cloud Commuting’ -- from Elance Blog

"Hiring online is how I now access the talent I need, when I need it. All the tools are there to find, evaluate, hire and work with great people no matter where they are," said Tim Nicholson, IT manager at Knight Protective Services, a provider of contract security officers and security solutions to commercial organizations and the federal government. "I love Elance because it helps facilitate the entire process of working online. At any time, I can track the status of the work, and with Escrow, release payment when we're satisfied with the work we receive. With these tools, I feel more confident hiring someone on Elance than hiring someone in person."


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CNET's Web 100 Winners

My thanks to Caleb Kuntz, in the Teaching & Learning Digital Studio for this resource.


Online School Pilots Cloud Services -- from The Journal, by Dave Nagel
The state-funded Minnesota Online High School is piloting a cloud computing initiative to provide its students and teachers with virtual desktops. For the pilot, MNOHS signed on to the SIMtone Education Thunder Program, which provides cloud-based access to personal computers from any place that has broadband access, without requiring the school to pay for the equipment up front or handle support. The PCs include a range of software tools, as well as resources like coursework, homework, personal files, and access to school services.


Publication: Identity in the Age of Cloud Computing -- from Smart Mobs by Mark A.M. Kramer
"This is a MUST read for anyone attempting to decipher and understand the ramifications of the cloud on a societal level."




Erenben, C. (2009) Cloud Computing: The Economic Imperative eSchool News, March 4

"We Deliver Cloud Computing to the Enterprise"
Cloud Sherpas is a pure-play cloud computing systems integrator. We help mid-size and large enterprises leverage cost efficient, highly reliable, cloud-based applications and IT services to complement and replace traditional, on-premise infrastructures. We’re here to educate, migrate, train and support your company as your organization embraces this new computing paradigm.

Cloud Sherpas has partnered with the leading cloud computing vendors to deliver best-in-breed solutions for your enterprise. We specialize in assisting organizations as they migrate off legacy messaging systems (Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes and others) to Google Apps, and have a track record of successful large-scale deployments.

We believe the in The Cloud. And after talking to us, we think you will too. In The Big Switch, Nicholas Carr writes:

A hundred years ago, companies stopped generating their own power with steam engines and dynamos and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities didn’t just change how businesses operate. It set off a chain reaction of economic and social transformations that brought the modern world into existence. Today, a similar revolution is under way. Hooked up to the Internet’s global computing grid, massive information-processing plants have begun pumping data and software code into our homes and businesses. This time, it’s computing that’s turning into a utility.

We couldn’t agree more. Gone are the days of needing to purchase expensive, depreciating hardware, navigate complex licensing agreements, and staff a small army of engineers to deliver an IT service as “utility” as email. Thankfully, there’s a better way.


The cloud puts digital life at your finger tips -- from Michael Marlatt

The cloud puts digital life at your finger tips -- from Michael Marlatt



10 Questions and Answers About the Cloud -- from, by Tim Goral
What you need to know now about the next big thing in internet technology


9 Ways to Face the Perils of Cloud Computing -- from Seb's Open Research
The cloud *might* go up in smoke. Are you sitting on it? Be smart.



Universities Pilot 'Tools as a Service' in Cloud Computing Initiative -- from, by David Nagel
Research institutions that are part of the Ontario Centres of Excellence have launched a "Tools as a Service" (TaaS) cloud computing pilot program with IBM in an effort to provide researchers, students, and faculty with access to business software and software development tools.


Vint Cerf talks about inter-cloud problems -- from Smart Mobs by Judy Breck
Recognized as one of the “Fathers of the Internet” Cerf is now Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. In a speech this week to the SMX Conference he talked about the Inter-cloud: An Extension of the Internet:


EDUCAUSE Now - Show #12 - The Age of Budget Cuts -- The Tower and the Cloud -- from EDUCAUSE CONNECT - Teaching and Learning by gbayne

The Tower and the Cloud
Richard Katz is vice president of EDUCAUSE and founding director of ECAR. He believes that cloud computing can offer solutions for universities wishing to cut costs, focus talent, and collaborate on a wider scale. And while there are hurdles and risks to computing in the cloud, he submits that the "consumerization" of enterprise services has made the switch to cloud computing is inevitable. He collected over twenty essays on cloud computing for his new book, “The Tower and the Cloud,” which explore topics including openness, IT governance, and globalization.

Clouds on the Horizon -- from eFoundations by Andy Powell

Educational institutions are beginning to take advantage of ready-made applications hosted on a dynamic, ever-expanding cloud that enable end users to perform tasks that have traditionally required site licensing, installation, and maintenance of individual software packages. Email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, collaboration, media editing, and more can all be done inside a web browser, while the software and files are housed in the cloud. In addition to productivity applications, services like Flickr (, YouTube (, and Blogger (, as well as a host of other browser-based applications, comprise a set of increasingly powerful cloud-based tools for almost any task a user might need to do.


Less is Moore -- from The Economist; my thanks to Travis LaFleur, Multimedia Specialist, for this link
Suddenly there is much more interest in products that apply the flip side of Moore’s law: instead of providing ever-increasing performance at a particular price, they provide a particular level of performance at an ever-lower price.


To the Cloud and Beyond -- from, by Mary Grush
In this virtual roundtable, our panel of experts weighs in on the evolution of worldware: from the desktop software of two decades ago, to today's Web 2.0 and social 'cloud' technologies, and on to the discipline-specific tools of the future.


Related items here (links from Wes Fryer)
Prism and Fluid


Go Higher with Cloud Computing
By Christopher Harris -- School Library Journal, 1/1/2009


Q: And what do you do? A: I’m a cloudworker -- by Janet Clarey
"The way I see it, you’ve got two types of information workers at your organization. You’ve got ‘cloudworkers’ who will define what they need. They won’t feel the need to rely on you. They won’t limit their professional development to what you provide. They will use the tools and technologies that fit them. They will develop (and have developed) their own social networks. Their identity and content is ‘out there’ in the cloud. ‘Here I am and here’s what I’ve got to offer.’ This means learning anywhere at anytime. In a house. With a mouse. In a box. With a fox. Here or there. Anywhere."


Bridging the Gap Between the Campus Enterprise and the Cloud -- by Jon Mott


Let it rise -- From The Economist print edition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, a technology visionary at IBM, compares cloud computing to the Cambrian explosion some 500m years ago when the rate of evolution speeded up, in part because the cell had been perfected and standardised, allowing evolution to build more complex organisms. Similarly, argues Mr Wladawsky-Berger, the IT industry spent much of its first few decades developing the basic components of computing. Now that these are essentially standardised, bigger and more diverse systems can emerge. “For computing to reach a higher level”, he says, “its cells had to be commoditised.”


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3 Ways Web-Based Computing Will Change Colleges -- from the Chronical of Higher Education, by Jeffrey Young

Cloud computing is also leading colleges to band together to offer services. After all, because servers that run Web-based software can be anywhere, why not get together with a few other colleges to build a joint data center?

That is already happening in Virginia, where a consortium of more than a dozen colleges is building the Virginia Virtual Computing Lab. The system will let students or professors at the different institutions use their own computers to access specialized software, such as 3-D modeling programs. The idea is to bring the kind of programs usually found in college computer labs right to students wherever they are, and one day it might make old-fashioned computer labs obsolete.

The Virginia project is modeled on a system already up and running at North Carolina State University, and that virtual lab is being shared with two community colleges and the University of North Carolina system.

"Students can't really tell where it is since they're going over the Internet," says Henry E. Schaffer, coordinator of special IT projects and faculty collaboration at North Carolina State. "With a normal broadband connection, it just works."

Meanwhile, colleges will outsource some services that it makes more sense for a big consumer company to handle, like e-mail, saving the colleges money to go build the services that they can do better.


Also, there are human obstacles to collaborations like Virginia's virtual computer lab, so just because such projects make good sense doesn't mean that colleges will be able to pull them off if partners have conflicting ideas of how they should operate.

A new book by Educause that is scheduled to be released next week at the group's annual conference captures the mix of promise and confusion that cloud computing poses today. Called The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing, it offers more than a dozen essays with predictions about the next stage of computing on campus. The book's introduction argues that a cloud is an apt metaphor for the shift ahead: Clouds get harder to see your way through as you walk into them.


Cloud Computing: Enterprise Content Distributors Moving From Database To Web Services -- from Robin Good

New App Brings the Cloud to Your iPhone -- from Steve Rubel

New App Brings the Cloud to Your iPhone


What is Cloud Computing? -- from

What is Cloud Computing?


Cloud Computing Is Subject of Fierce Debate -- from All Things Digital, by Therese Poletti


The Tower and The Cloud now available

The Tower and The Cloud available now for free at Educause.

From DSC:
Microsoft is at it again -- not innovating, but rather copying and jumping on the prevailing bandwagons, then putting up smokescreens so that their customers and/or other organizations won't make any moves to its competitors.
However, this announcement is important, as it signals even Microsoft's move to cloud computing.

Office goes to the Web -- from All Things Digital

Microsoft is joined by IBM in the, along with Google, we now have some very heavy hitters in the clouds.

University, IBM join in cloud-computing project -- from
Program aims to revolutionize computing for North Carolina students; N.C. State promises to give underlying code to schools elsewhere


Pilxr -- my thanks to Travis LaFleur for this information
Pixlr is a free online image editor, offers the abilities to make adjustments and use filters. Another example of moving towards "cloud computing".



Collaboration in the Cloud with Acrobat and -- from Alan Levine and the NMC

Microsoft Unveils ‘Cloud’ Operating System -- from the New York Times


The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing -- from Educause Connect


Agile Engineering Design

Agile Engineering Design

Coming to terms with Cloud Computing -- from, by Herb Torrens


The cloud finally comes to education -- from, by Christopher Dawson
Cloud computing is one of those great buzzwords in IT that, so far, has meant very little to the average Ed Tech customer. We all have a pretty good idea what it means: lots of computers somewhere (we don’t actually care where) doing lots of processing to deliver services to our desktops via the Internet. On the other hand, with the maturation of virtualization technology, the idea of virtual desktops and virtual servers is certainly rearing its head in education as we try to cut energy costs, ease management, and consolidate resources.

The could finally comes to education.


Cloud Computing: The myths, realities and everything else - Part 1

Use of Cloud Computing Applications and Services -- from Pew/Internet, by John Horrigan
"Some 69% of online Americans use webmail services, store data online, or use software programs such as word processing applications whose functionality is located on the web. Online users who take advantage of cloud applications say they like the convenience of having access to data and applications from any Web-connected device. However, their message to providers of such services is: Let's keep the data between us."
View PDF of Report

Silver-lining in the Cloud -- from Around the Corner - (8/23/08), includes the following link:

Computing In The Cloud: Who Owns Your Files? -- from NPR, by Laura Sydell (8/21/08)

From various dates

Below quote from George Siemens' blog:

"You might as well start a new tag on your profile for cloud computing. It is the terminological heir of web 2.0. And it's meaning is equally vague. Cloud computing means many things right now - ranging from a way to move data and applications around (or to scale them) without impacting quality for end user...or to applying supercomputing to the masses and the web (using a mesh network instead of only supercomputers)... or to purchasing computing power on demand...or to fluid data exchange and interaction regardless of devices. Basically, it's about the web. Everything on the web. Usable by any device. Or platform. With the complexity and technical challenges being managed without end-user awareness. The mess of different devices and distributed data don't inconvenience the end user. To a degree, it's an attempt to make technology more transparent and data access more flexible, reducing computing to utility status. Nicholas Carr equates cloud computing with spice trails of centuries gone by offers this lovely quote by Eric Schmidt: "When the network becomes as fast as the processor, the computer hollows out and spreads across the network."

The Future Looks Cloudy -- from the New Media Consortium, by Keene Haywood

Lost in the Clouds: MobileMe is facing problems endemic to cloud computing -- from Technology Review, by Rich Parr

Gartner Tech Forecast: Cloudy and Getting Cloudier (8/18/08) from the New York Times