"Did you know that the monthly cost of running a basic web application was about $150,000 in 2000? Cloud computing has brought it down to less than $1000 a month. For businesses, cloud computing means improved collaboration and productivity, as well as significant cost reductions. It means better data protection, improved availability, and expanded access to cutting-edge technologies."
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Today's newsletter is a little light and a little early, but it will allow ourselves to catch our collective breath after two fairly deep videos on the use of the cloud in learning technology. Today we catch up with some posts from participants and some general resources describing and defining the cloud.
Right after I send this newsletter out I am going to the dentist and then directly to the airport. I'll be in flight all night and all day tomorrow so there might not be a newsletter. I still want to wrap up this week;s topic, though, so there will be one more newsletter on cloud some time over the next few days.
Remember, this MOOC is only as good as all of you make it. The harvester is harvesting and I'm watching for your articles and posts. Also, the #el30 hashtag is active on Twitter. And if you want to review, you can view all the course videos (including yesterday's conversation with Tony Hirst) on the website.
Describes cloud computing and explains the benefits, concerns, types of cloud computing and what to consider when moving your business to the cloud. Part of Ontario’s E-Business Toolkit.
Cloud computing can be compared to public utilities that deliver commodities such as electricity. Instead of buying and running infrastructure itself, an organization buys computing power from a provider. Much like electricity in a home, cloud computing is on-demand and the consumer pays for what they use. The cost of the infrastructure used for delivery (storage and services in the case of cloud computing, hydro poles and power lines in the case of electricity) is covered by the charges to the consumer.
Please note: these posts were added to the newsletter using the harvester. Apologies if I missed you. Don't forget, you can submit your feed here!. The 'Submit Feed' link also appears on the course menu. We've had a number of submissions so far (and I've added the feeds where I've found posts to list for this week). You can see them on the Feeds Page.
Course Newsletter RSSA course RSS feed is now available. Now you don't need to read the newsletter or even visit the website - you can take this course from the comfort of your own feed reader, WordPress, gRSShopper application, or whatever. Here it is: https://el30.mooc.ca/course_newsletter.xml
TasksWe have two tasks to choose from for this week:
- Subscribe to the course feeds - using the feed reader of your choice (here's a selection) use the course OPML file (here it is) to subscribe to the course feeds. To get a badge you'll need to show you've done this, maybe by writing a blog post).
- Create a task - using a blog or some other sort of online application, create a task for participants in this course. You can do this any time through to the end of the course, so be sure to specify which course module it applies to (if you are not providing a feed to be harvested, you can email the url to me (I'll be setting up a 'task submission form' soon).