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Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

Use powerful software and massive computing resources where and when you need them, giving you flexibility and helping you save money.

What can the cloud do for you?

The benefits of cloud computing are well known. But how can cloud computing help you resolve some of the challenges common to educational institutions? With cloud computing you can more easily address:
  • Cost. You choose a subscription or, in some cases, a pay-as-you-go plan, whichever works best with your organization’s business model.
  • Flexibility. You can manage your infrastructure to maximize investments because you can dynamically scale as demands fluctuate.
  • Accessibility. You can help make data and services publicly available without jeopardizing sensitive information.

Microsoft cloud services offers you choices

With Microsoft cloud services, you choose whether you deploy on-premises, have your software hosted as a service, or use a combination of the two. This choice comes with the freedom to adjust or modify your infrastructure and deployment model as service demands change. You choose how to best combine:

Infrastructure as a service

Get on-demand computing and storage to host, scale, and manage applications and services. Using Microsoft data centers means you can scale with ease and speed to meet the infrastructure needs of your entire organization or individual departments, globally or locally.

Platform as a service

The Windows Azure cloud platform gives you an operating system, a fully relational database, message-based service bus, and a claims-based access controller providing security-enhanced connectivity and federated access for on-premises applications. As a family of on-demand services, the Windows Azure platform offers your organization a familiar development experience, on-demand scalability, and reduced time to market for your applications.

Software as a service

Microsoft hosts online services that provide your faculty, staff, and students with a consistent experience across multiple devices. These online services include:
  • Office 365 for Education (formerly Microsoft Live@edu). Give your students, staff, faculty, and alumni long-term, primary email addresses and other applications so they can collaborate and communicate online, all at no cost to your institution.
  • Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). Deliver security-enhanced, hosted communication and collaboration tools, including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Live Meeting, and Microsoft Office Communications Online.
  • Exchange Hosted Services. Get online tools to help your organization protect itself from spam and malware, satisfy retention requirements for e-discovery and compliance, encrypt data to preserve confidentiality, and maintain access to email during and after emergency situations.
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Get management solutions deployed through Microsoft Office Outlook or an Internet browser to help your people efficiently automate workflows and centralize information.
  • Office Web Apps. Give your people on-demand access to the web-based version of the Microsoft Office suite of applications, including Office Word, Office Excel, and Office PowerPoint.
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