Cloud Computing

The Strategy and Planning team from ITS can help you make sense of the complex and fast-changing world of cloud computing.

If you are thinking about using cloud computing or have questions about its use, please contact Strategy and Planning to discuss the issues involved.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product. The standard definition of cloud computing from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is:

"it is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction."

In its simplest terms, you could think of cloud computing as any time that data or computing services are stored off-campus by a third party and accessed through the web, instead of being installed on your machine. Examples of these services include:

The CAUDIT website is a very useful resource for more information about cloud computing and how it relates to the tertiary education sector.

Proposed Cloud Computing Policy

Information Technology Services and the Registrar’s Office are currently consulting on a draft Cloud Computing policy (.doc, 80.5KB). When this is completed it will give guidance to University of Otago staff about the appropriate manner of storing data or information in non-University storage facilities.

Please contact Strategy and Planning if you would like to discuss this document further.

Useful links

A perspective on cloud computing for senior university decision makers

Useful tips on developing a business case for use of the cloud

Risks in cloud computing

Important security aspects of the cloud

Useful tips for developing a contract for cloud services

Data classification

Recording keeping and cloud computing

Cloud computing in the Health Sector

Do you have a question? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions about cloud computing, or contact ITS Strategy and Planning for more information.


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