Problem 8.A university is debating the question in Problem 7. What will be your adviceand why? Should software licensing be an important element of the decision?Both education and research are university activities that could benefit from cloud com-puting. A public cloud is probably an ideal environment for education; indeed, security is nota significant concern for computing related to education. The student computational activitypeaks when projects and other assignments are due and it is relatively low during the remain-ing of a semester thus, the investment into a large infrastructure needed for brief periods oftime do not seem to be justified. Moreover, once a student learns how to use a cloud service,e.g., AWS, this skill could help in finding a job and then during his/her employment. Thestudents share the software for their assignments and a public cloud could provide an idealenvironment for group projects. Software licensing can be a problem as some projects mayrequire the use of licensed software.The benefits of a private cloud for supporting university research is increasingly morequestionable as the cost of the hardware decreases and the computational needs of manyresearch groups can be met with a medium or a high-end server which costs only a fewthousand dollars. Of course, some research groups may need access to supercomputers butacquiring a supercomputer is only justified for a very few well-funded research universities.Problem 9.An IT company decides to provide free access to a public cloud dedicated tohigher education. Which one of the three cloud computing delivery models, SaaS, PaaS, orIaaS should it embrace and why? What applications would be most beneficial for the students?Will this solution have an impact on distance learning? Why?A public cloud dedicated to higher education would be extremely beneficial; it wouldallow concentration of educational resources and sharing of software for different educationalactivities. It would increase the student participation and interest in the different topics. Atthe same time, it would significantly reduce the cost of educational computing.Each one of the three cloud delivery models would have its own applications. For example,SaaScould be uses for testing and for systems likePiazza(see ) whichallow groups of students and faculty to interact.Collaborative environments which allowan instructor to interact with a large class where the students are connected via mobiledevices would most certainly increase the level of student participation.Projects given toengineering and science students would have useful results as the students would be able torun concurrently multiple models of the systems and use different parameters of the models.
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- Summer '17
- ALBERT DOMINIC
- The Land, cloud service, Cloud delivery models, Cloud Computing delivery