Cloud Computing

Cloud Email: The Good, the Bad, and the Uptime

With careful preparation, cloud email can address support and security headaches; improve functionality, productivity, and constituent satisfaction; and save colleges a tidy sum.

Numerous advantages are driving cloud email adoption. Migrating email to the cloud offers campuses substantial financial savings and eliminates on-site mail system infrastructure. Schools avoid email server backups, shrink email support time, off-load maintenance, and bypass the need for server-based anti-virus, anti-spam and email filtering products, according to Rich Brown, founder of Dartware, a network monitoring software developer, and a former network manager at Dartmouth College. Decent uptime (when service is up without any downtime) is usually a benefit, as well.

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Vaddio’s GroupSTATION, designed for mid-to large-size meeting spaces, allows up to 20 people to share a PowerPoint presentation, stream a training video from YouTube, or collaborate with remote participants. Users can connect a laptop or tablet directly into GroupSTATION, which consists of two main components: a table-based MicPOD dock, and a wall-mounted sound bar that incorporates an HD camera in its center. The MicPOD Dock functions as a microphone, speakerphone, and user interface. www.vaddio.com

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FolderWave announces enhanced cloud-based CRM product

Higher education institutions leverage CRM module as a stand-alone solution or as part of the FolderWave Comprehensive Product Suite.

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Deploying and Utilizing a Statewide Private Cloud: Lessons Learned

At UBTech, Curtis Carver, vice chancellor and chief information officer for the Board of Regents of University System of Georgia (USG), will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a state educational private cloud using the University System of Georgia as a case study. The presentation will address bandwidth agility, virtual data centers, storage and backup as a service, and multiple state agencies using a single network.

Higher Education's Elevation Toward the Cloud

Cloud computing is gaining traction as mainstream for many applications in the education and research industries. Commercial enterprises have turned to the “cloud” for years to gain on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources. Now, with organizations realizing compelling advantages in cost, speed, and efficiency, cloud computing is expanding to meet the needs of a diverse range of industries—and higher education is among the fields taking the plunge in certain application areas.

Abilene Christian University Mobilizes Learning with Smartphones

ACU commits to mobile, delivers advanced applications supported by an Alcatel-Lucent network infrastructure

Integrating mobile devices in learning is getting to be old hat in Abilene, Texas.

As early as 2008, Abilene Christian University (ACU) was the first university in the United States to provide each incoming student with an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. Each of the nearly 4,800 students on the ACU campus located 180 miles west of Dallas can access course calendars, campus maps, receive homework alerts, security alerts, and answer in-class surveys and quizzes, among other ACUdeveloped web applications.

Business services partnership furthers philosophy of oneness on Colorado campus

Naropa University works hand-in-hand with Jenzabar to sync systems including ERP

In the heart of Boulder, Colorado, sits a college where the whole student is greater than the sum of his or her parts. It is a place called Naropa University, where contemplative education encourages students to transform themselves and the world.

Mobile applications help connect students to large campuses

AT&T’s Campus Guide gives DePaul University students one-stop access to campus information

With more than 25,000 students, DePaul University in Chicago is the largest Catholic university in the United States. With 10 colleges divided between two campuses, along with three additional satellite campuses, finding certain pieces of information can be challenging for students.

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Carbonite Expands Functionality to Deliver Better Cloud Backup for Higher Education

Carbonite, Inc., a provider of online backup solutions for consumers and small to medium sized businesses, today announced that it has added new features to its Carbonite Business suite to better meet the backup needs of the higher education market.

Upgrading to the next generation of campus networks

Network building blocks support virtualization and mobile wireless today and for the next big thing

From BYOD environments to high bandwidth applications, there is intense pressure on network infrastructures. Upgrading is a high priority for higher education technology leaders. In this web seminar broadcast on September 20, an administrator from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts described how the school faced those challenges head on when it embarked on a fourth-generation upgrade and redesign of its network to meet the changing demands of its users.

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