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.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Research on Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes|
|Subtitle of host publication||Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Name||Handbook of Research on Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes|
Chrysikos, A., Mcdowell, J., & Ward, R. (2016). Cloud Services in UK Higher Education: A Feasibility Study for Providing IaaS in the Computing and Library Services of a UK University. In L. Chao (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes: Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design (pp. 377-402). [Chapter 23] (Handbook of Research on Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-9924-3.ch023