Originally Posted by jmacavali
A lot of schools in the area use google apps and gmail.
A lot of schools also use the Microsoft live@edu.
Many schools also use dropbox or other related storage.
If you mean cloud computing - storing information in the cloud then schools are doing it.
If you mean cloud computing - using physical resources in the cloud to run computers located at a school, then it's not happening.
Honestly it's a vague concept and it will be hard to write a paper on it really....
Actually its not as nubulous as you might think out there in the commercial world. And you're right, as with everything, its constantly evolving. Cloud storage/computing is based on the Service Oriented Architecture - Enterprise Service Bus (SOA - ESB). Many sources of info exist online explaining ESB. Check out: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...1oVpXS2jQMPQGw
SaaS - Software as a Service
PaaS - Platform as as Service
CaaS - Communication as a Service
etc. you get the idea. So, really Cloud computing has actually been fairly well defined already. If you will, a new name for the same thing.
Anyway, as I already stated, security is the main issue in a Business-to-Business (B2B) relationship in the Cloud. Many security providers are stepping into this space providing more and more secure solutions.