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  • Marc --

    I sure did enjoy your slide show here. I think you must be a closet 'marketer' as you make a strong case for a topic a lot don't fully understand.

    My compnay now serves 4,200 client school districts in K-12 and has arrows in our backs trying to evangelize the model. It took quite a while before folks understood the power and economics.

    Thanks for your contribution.

    Lee Prevost
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  • Another way to further digitize our world, cloud computing provides a cheap and easy way to store information in a 100% digital, virtual world. In an educational setting, making the switch from physical to digital data storage is a wise economical choice.
  • Cloud computing is the next generation form of file storage and company infrastructure. “Cloud” is another word for internet. A figurative way of saying that the information isn’t technically stored in a physical place. It is a fundamental shift in data storage, from a physical data center (like those giant-sized computer looking things, to an online-based, hosting center. The cloud computing customers do not actually own the infrastructure they’re using, but rather renting space from the cloud computing companies.
  • Like I said, the biggest difference with cloud computing is that the customer no longer would need to buy their own infrastructure, they simply rent space from the company. Simply because of that, they are able to avoid capital expenditure; buying the hardware itself, the software that goes with it, and the services that are going to be needed to keep it up and running. Not to mention energy costs.
  • The biggest issue in education has always been funding or the lack thereof. Let’s take a look at how big a difference switching to cloud computing would have on the schools.When buying and running an infrastructure yourself, along with initial costs, upkeep, and energy costs, like all technology, the system eventually becomes obsolete. Anybody would avoid having to deal with the hassle of upgrading outdated technology if they could. When associated with cloud computing, the company handles all of that for you. No wasted money on space you don’t use. No wasted money at all.
  • The average cost of an IBM Power System is $70,600. The most expensive server operating license from Windows 2008, a cloud computing company is under $3,000. Which is a difference of almost $68,000. There are a lot better ways a school could use that extra money.
  • What could a school do with $68,000?It could get 971 new textbooks.Or maybe 68 new computers.They could institute a new, healthier lunch program.That’s even enough money to pay the salary of a teacher… and still have money to spare.
  • Students would really benefit from an online-based system. Its easily accessed from computers that aren’t on school grounds. He or she wouldn’t have to carry around a flash drive, or save onto CDs. They wouldn’t have to send emails to themselves, which I find to be really annoying. It’s all web based, so everything they do on the computer at school, they can easily do at home.
  • New companies are popping up all the time, and with increasing popularity, comes increased interest from educators. I recently found out that my old high school actually switched to cloud computing this year, and I’m sure more schools all across the country have done the same.
  • Many people are comparing cloud computing to web 2.0 because of its potential to take over internet. Just a few short years ago, web 2.0 technologies were not well heard of, and today sites like wikipedia, facebook, and twitter are some of the most popular sites on the web. A journalist for Network World by the name of Jon Brodkin actually said that, “Cloud computing is spreading like wildfire.”
  • Cloud computing is a service that is sure to put precious dollars back into the pockets of our schools. Every dollar counts, and with every school that converts to cloud computing, it is that much less that they have to rely on outside funding. Not only does it make life easier for the teachers themselves, but students also benefit greatly from the advantages of cloud computing.

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  • up in the clouds:Cloud computing
    current issues in education: a presentation by marc moffitt
    Author: viZZual.com
    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vizzzual-dot-com/2476109235/)
  • Overview
    Author: viZZual.com
    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vizzzual-dot-com/2476109235/)
    Another way to further digitize our world, cloud computing provides a cheap and easy way to store information in a 100% digital, virtual world. In an educational setting, making the switch from physical to digital data storage is a wise economical choice.
  • What is Cloud Computing?
    Author: viZZual.com
    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vizzzual-dot-com/2476109235/)
    “Cloud” = Internet
    Fundamental shift in data storage
    From “physical” data center (e.g. IBM) to online hosting center (e.g. Google, Yahoo!)
    Customers do not actually own the infrastructure, rather pay to use somebody else’s
  • What is Cloud Computing?
    “Renting” the infrastructure
    Since cloud computing customers “rent” their infrastructure, rather than own it, they avoid capital expenditure:
    Hardware
    Software
    Services
    Energy
    http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Enterprise-Applications/Forresters-Advice-to-CFOs-Embrace-Cloud-Computing-to-Cut-Costs/
  • Impact on Education
    THE TRUTH: Going digital saves $$$
    Physical Servers & Databases
    • Initial cost of server
    • Upkeep
    • Energy costs to run them
    • Becomes obsolete & Must be replaced
    • Repeat as necessary
    Cloud Computing
    • Paying only for what you use
    • Maintenance and upkeep handled by CC company
    • Updates automatic
    IBM Power System Data Infrastructure
    Author: rudolfschuba
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rudolf_schuba/173857875/
  • Impact on Education (cont.)
    Average cost of an IBM Power System:
    $70,600 (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/560/browse_aix.html)
    Windows 2008 Cloud Computing Provider
    $2,999 (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/pricing.aspx)
    *Almost $68,000 in savings*
  • $$$
    Impact on Education(cont.)
    What can a school do with $68,000???
    971 textbooks
    68 new computers
    Institute a healthier lunch program
    Pay a teacher’s salary
  • Impact on Education(cont.)
    Easy Accessibility
    No need for:
    Data CDs
    Flash Drives
    Sending emails to yourself
    Online-based: students can access data from home
  • Making the Swtich
    New CC companies being established all the time
    As popularity grows, so does interest from educators
    Avondale High School (Auburn Hills, MI) switched to cloud computing in 2009
  • The Future
    Comparison to Web 2.0
    “Cloud computing is spreading like wildfire.” – Jon Brodkin – Network World (http://www.networkworld.com/supp/2009/ndc3/051809-cloud-companies-to-watch.html)
    Author: Sergio SavamanSavarese
    Author: benstein
    Author: JoshSemans
    Author: dannysullivan
  • Conclusion
    Author: viZZual.com
    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vizzzual-dot-com/2476109235/)
    Cloud computing is a service that is sure to put precious dollars back into the pockets of our schools. Every dollar counts, and with every school that converts to cloud computing, it is that much less that they have to rely on outside funding. Not only does it make life easier for the teachers themselves, but students also benefit greatly from the advantages of cloud computing.
  • Sources
    INFORMATION
    Eweek – Embrace Cloud Computing to cut costs
    http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Enterprise-Applications/Forresters-Advice-to-CFOs-Embrace-Cloud-Computing-to-Cut-Costs/
    Jon Brodkin– Network World
    http://www.networkworld.com/supp/2009/ndc3/051809-cloud-companies-to-watch.html
    IBM
    http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/560/browse_aix.html
    Windows 2008
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/pricing.aspx
    PICTURES
    viZZual.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vizzzual-dot-com/2476109235)
    Rudolfschuba (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rudolf_schuba/173857875)
    Benstein (http://www.flickr.com/photos/88526923@N00/2114874155/)
    Sergio SavamanSavarese(http://www.flickr.com/photos/savaman/202417519/)
    Josh Semans (http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshsemans/3373700426/)
    Dannysullivan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dannysullivan/266951932/)