Cloud Computing Paradigm for Indian Education Sector

Cloud Computing Paradigm for Indian Education Sector

Vijayalakshmi Ravi (SIES - Arts, Science & Commerce (Nerul) and Jagdishprasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University, India)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/ijcac.2012040104
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The Indian education sector is constrained by cost but demand has been rising for cost-effective, robust software applications to deliver services for learning and administration. Existing systems are not scalable and require huge capex (Capital Expenditure) and IT staff to maintain the system, which has shifted the focus from the core education business to managing the overheads of IT operations. The Cloud Computing paradigm has emerged as the optimal solution to meet the requirements of cost effective, scalable, and secure systems. In this paper, the author examines how the deployment of cloud computing in the education sector in India can meet these challenges.
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4. Cloud Computing

“Cloud computing is an emerging computing paradigm where data and applications reside in the cyberspace, it allowing users to access their data and information through any web-connected device be it fixed or mobile” (Horrigan, 2008). Cloud computing is a model for delivering Internet-based information and technology services in real time. It allows users to see the services while the infrastructure that delivers these services remains transparent (that is it remains in the cloud) Cloud computing has a strong focus toward service orientation. It encompasses a wide range of heterogeneous services that can be categorized into delivery models and built into solutions. The most common categorization comprises of Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service model. The cloud could be deployed in a public or private cloud (IBM Developer Works, 2009; Bair & Rhoton, 2010; Chou, 2008; Ashraf et al., 2010; IBM, n.d.).

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