When the cloud fails: Why universities went public anyway


The recession changed everything for higher education, including IT spending. But are universities trading in privacy for lower costs? asks ZdNet. The failure of the Amazon cloud and slow recovery of the web service over the past day has questioned the increasing reliance on the cloud, and whether regardless of backup systems and distributed datacenters, can in fact the cloud be innately trusted to provide the highest of uptime? Several prominent websites fell foul of Amazon’s cloud failure, including Foursquare, Reddit and Quora, when a datacenter in northern Virginia hit networking errors. However, universities, often with vast IT resources host their own solutions and services from the very heart of their campuses, have shifted from a private cloud to a public cloud approach; like Amazon’s or Microsoft’s competing platform…

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