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Cloud Services in UK Higher Education: A Feasibility Study for providing IaaS in the Computing and Library Services of a UK university

Chrysikos, Alexandros, McDowell, James and Ward, Rupert (2016) Cloud Services in UK Higher Education: A Feasibility Study for providing IaaS in the Computing and Library Services of a UK university. In: Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes. IGI Global, pp. 377-402.

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Abstract

The current chapter reports an investigation of Information Technology (I.T.) enablement for a Higher Education Institution (HEI), with focus on the feasibility of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) using Cloud Computing technology. A pragmatist - mixed-methods research approach was followed to establish the Feasibility Study, which included the potential IaaS risks and benefits for a HEI such as the Computing & Library Services of a UK university. An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages, as well as a legal, social, operational and Service Level Agreement (SLA) discussion are provided. Furthermore, the authors outline the potential impact on the institution's employment. Finally, based on the Feasibility Study, the authors recommend a list of selection criteria and evaluation methods that could be regarded as the basis for a future IaaS Cloud decision model for HEIs. The findings of the current investigation contribute to the body of knowledge for both academics and I.T. managers.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering > Pedagogical Research Group
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Depositing User: James Mcdowell
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2015 14:03
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2016 10:17
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/25761

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