Cloud Services in UK Higher Education: A Feasibility Study for Providing IaaS in the Computing and Library Services of a UK University

Alexandros Chrysikos, James Mcdowell, Rupert Ward

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design
EditorsLee Chao
PublisherIGI Global
Pages377-402
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781466699250
ISBN (Print)9781466699243
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameHandbook of Research on Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes
ISSN (Print)2326-8905
ISSN (Electronic)2326-8913

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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