APSU IPC Clouducation 101

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Presentation as a “kickoff speaker” for the 2011 Innovative Professor Conference November 7-8, 2011 at Austin Peay State University. Theme: "Clouducation -- The Silver Lining of Cloud Education."

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APSU IPC Clouducation 101

  1. 1. 2011 Innovative Professor Conference Clouducation 101 Thomas Danford @tdanford | #ipc11 November 7, 2011 1
  2. 2. Discussion Items• An Historical Precedent?• The Quantitative and Qualitative Benefits of Cloud Computing• Arguments Against & Challenges to Cloud Computing?• A New Paradigm for IT• Benefits of a Cloud Strategy to Higher Education• Closing Observations• Questions & Discussion 2
  3. 3. A precedent from the past? 3
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  6. 6. Did you turn them There is a denial ofoff and then back service as the coal barge We’re not funded on again? is blocked by ice on the for that. river network. Is there electricalMy lights don’t I can’t get heat in equipment I could work! my classroom. use to project equations? 6
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  8. 8. It’s too expensive!It’s not ready for It’s unsecure! production! 8
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  10. 10. The Quantitative and Qualitative Benefitsof Cloud Computing• Commoditization of Hardware• Virtualization & Clustering• Speed & Agility to Provision• Redundancy & Uptime• Security & Data Integrity• Specialization 10
  11. 11. Arguments Against & Challenges toCloud Computing?• Data in the cloud is vulnerable to hacker attacks and other security issues• Meeting service level agreements (SLAs)• On-premises systems are less expensive• On-premises systems are still in good shape and the ROI is yet to be achieved.• The IT Department • Fear of loss of control, power, and personnel • Changing job responsibilities from “heads down” to “heads up” end user support • Moving from a purveying mindset to one that also encompasses sourcing/leveraging 11
  12. 12. ”Things which matter most mustnever be at the mercy of thingswhich matter least.” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 12
  13. 13. A New Paradigm for IT 13
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  15. 15. Administrivia or Academics? 15
  16. 16. Benefits of a Cloud Strategy to HigherEducation• Portable, personalized, participatory• Nearness education vs. distance education• Cronospatial vs. geospatial• High tech but also high touch 16
  17. 17. Closing Observations 17
  18. 18. Questions & Discussion http://www.linkedin.com/in/tdanford http://twitter.com/tdanford thomas.danford@gmail.com My sincere thanks for the opportunity to meet you all. 18

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