Cloud Computing for Education and Research in Developing Countries

Cloud Computing for Education and Research in Developing Countries

Hong-Linh Truong (Vienna University of Technology, Austria), Tran-Vu Pham (Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam), Nam Thoai (Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam) and Schahram Dustdar (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0957-0.ch005
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Recently cloud computing has offered attractive solutions for academic and research institutions due to several reasons. In this chapter, the authors present a study of how cloud computing can be used for research and teaching activities in higher educational and research institutions in developing countries. Instead of focusing on cloud computing offering for basic IT infrastructures used in daily work of these institutions, the authors concentrate on the use of cloud computing for satisfying ad hoc needs of computing resources in research and teaching activities. Thorough analyses of research and teaching activities, requirements for cloud computing, benefits of utilizing cloud computing, and adoption barriers for these activities are also included. The authors then present the selected challenges in tackling these barriers and discuss possible approaches for solving these challenges and report lessons learned and experiences in utilizing and developing cloud computing solutions for teaching and research activities in Vietnam.
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Cloud computing and its delivery forms, such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), have been well explained in several works (Mell & Grance, 2009) (Creeger, 2009). Similarly, what constitute “developing countries” has been given in (Wikipedia, 2011). In this work, we examine research and educational groups in higher educational and research institutions in developing countries. The groups in our work are defined with the following characteristics:

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