Academic journal article Techno Learn

Cloud Computing: Promoting Sharing of Resources among Educational Institutions

Academic journal article Techno Learn

Cloud Computing: Promoting Sharing of Resources among Educational Institutions

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The era of technology has changed the way to impart education now days. Most of the developed as well as rapidly developing nations have now moved towards the innovative use of technology to make education less expensive and easily and equally accessible to all its citizens. But there are several obstacles come across the way providing the resources of knowledge to the common people with the help of technology. One of the important factors is the cost and the availability of modern hardware devices and software applications that comes as a hindrance in connecting people with technology. Internet is a wonderful innovation of this technological age which has proved its efficiency to connect people worldwide, for exchanging their opinions through social networking, blogging and various such activities. It is also rapidly used in providing access to education for various deprived sections of the society for free so that one of the very important millennium development goals of universalization of education can be made easily achievable. Internet has also innovate the concept of cloud computing which is rapidly attracting most of the people worldwide engaged in activities of spreading the resources of knowledge breaching the barrios of cost and availability of technical resources. Cloud computing is actually the result of getting more people on internet these days. People mostly access the internet through mobile devices, I-pads etc. Very often people would like to keep store their files like the word files, the power point files, pictures, videos etc. As you are aware of the storage capacity of these devices is much less to store a large amount of data on it. Cloud computing provides the option of storing the data on the cloud service provider's device with or without saving it on the clients own device as per their choice. At any time that saved data can be retrieved from the service provider's device to the user's device at any location and on any device just by having an internet connection. This is not the only feature of cloud computing. Cloud computing is the combination of the internet with outsourcing of the information technology. The education systems of many countries are not aware about the potential use of cloud computing in attaining its aims of providing various resources of knowledge to the whole world at a low cost, high quality in minimum time. A little number of them is utilizing it to its optimum level. To make the education world aware about the potential use of cloud computing we have to understand the concept first.

WHAT IS CLOUD COMPUTING?

The word cloud computing is the combination of two words; Cloud & Computing. To understand the concept we have to elaborate both the terms. In IT industry the word 'cloud' is used to denote a network and the user is mostly unknown to its internal setup as the internet service provider's network . But in network pictures and topology pictures the service provider's network is denoted by the shape of cloud. Next term is computing and it means to calculate. Performing calculations and processing data using computers is called computing. This data processing can be performed either on personal desktop or laptop or in office. In office also this computing can be performed on a single computer or on a centralized computer (server) or on both in distributed form according to the setup.

To provide services in a network there may be a single server or a group of servers. According to the network size different systems may be allotted for storage and database. On these servers according to the need of consumers various services and applications may be available like mail.

It means on these servers the client devices like computers and laptops are engaged in computing for using an application or services and network servers and other devices do computing to provide these mail and other such services. So the concept of cloud computing performed on cloud. …

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