Computing in a Cloud

You may have heard of cloud computing as the term is gaining popularity of late. But what does it actually mean and how might it affect you and your school in the future? Is it new? Or is it just new terminology?

Simply put, cloud computing refers to applications, information and data being provided and managed as a service via the Internet, allowing a user convenient access regardless of location or available hardware. Many large corporations, such as Amazon and IBM, have invested in cloud computing and are now offering various services to both individuals and businesses.

According to computer expert Kim Komando, cloud is a word that computer geeks use when referring to the Internet. So cloud computing means that people are using the Internet to access programs that are located elsewhere. The actual name for this is software as a service, or SaaS. But cloud computing sounds so much friendlier, don’t you think?

While the term may be relatively new, cloud computing has been around for quite a while. Google is a prime example of how cloud computing works and what it can do for you. If you currently use any of Google’s services, you are already familiar with computing in a cloud.

Cloud computing has many advantages and few drawbacks. The most obvious advantage is the ability to access powerful programs online rather than having to download and install software on each computer. This not only saves money, time and valuable computer memory, but also solves the numerous problems associated with software updates and upgrades. The main drawback to cloud computing is the lack of availability in the event of an Internet outage.

We believe that cloud computing will be increasingly popular as time goes by, especially with the rapid expansion of high-speed Internet. College Scheduler, our web based course scheduling system, is a fine example of cloud computing in action. With College Scheduler, students access the system at their convenience and are able to quickly and easily generate the best course schedule possible. In addition, College Scheduler integrates with your current student information system and requires no further attention from your IT staff once the initial set-up is complete.

If you’d like to find out more about College Scheduler and how this cloud computing innovation will benefit your school, give us a call. We look forward to answering your questions and would be happy to schedule a demo at your convenience.