What is Cloud Computing?


Cloud computing first appeared on the near-term horizon in the NMC Horizon Report: 2009 Higher Education Edition. Since then, its use for supporting collaboration, file storage, and access to computing cycles, and the number of available applications that rely on cloud technologies have grown every year to the point that few schools do not make some use of the cloud, whether as a matter of policy or not. Cloud computing has become the unifying factor among content and applications on the many devices people use in everyday life. Whether connecting at home, work, school, on the road, or in social spaces, nearly everyone who uses the network relies on cloud computing to access their information and applications. The ability to access services and files from any location and on any device offers considerable promise for extending learning beyond the boundaries of the school day.

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