Microsoft Canadian Colleges Exec Briefing – Cloud Services for Education

by | February 2, 2011

Joshua Rice, Director of Cloud Services & Innovation, Microsoft World Wide Public Sector Technology Office

Microsoft Cloud Services for Education – Early learning and next generation services

Change continues to drive innovation:

  1. physics = computational power, storage, connectivity, power, sensors
  2. adoption = the internet is the fastest growing communication tool – showed lots of the common stats on growth of devices that connect to the internet

IT Conversations are changing – agility, privacy, security, capacity.

What types of Cloud Services are there?

  • public – share it
  • private – secure it
  • hybrid – share and secure it
  • community – share it with others we trust

Cloud Computing Services – “… as a Service”

  • Software (SaaS)
  • Platform (PaaS)
  • Infrastructure (IaaS)

Why Cloud?

  • software currency – keeping up with new versions
  • manageability- scalability due to business demands
  • cost – building an affordable service
  • relevancy – a socially relevant service
  • interoperability – avoid getting locked in

Top Questions

  • cost
  • integration
  • privacy
  • security
  • legislation

Microsoft Offerings

Now there is a private cloud option to address privacy and security issues.  The service is called Windows Azure.


Photosynth – cloud service takes 2D images and stitches them together into a 3D image –

NASA – “Be a Martian”

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