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Cloud Computing

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.

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