An Edu Cloud is a hosted computing environment that delivers software, platform or infrastructure services to institutions users via a network.
Cloud computing is taking a center stage in academia because of its various benefits
Cloud computing can be defined as the use of virtual resources that are highly scalable and can be shared by different and diverse users
Cloud computing can be termed as providing information technology resources when demanded through the Internet. Cloud computing is of various forms including public cloud, private cloud, as well as the option of ”cloud as a service”
The use of cloud computing in institutions of higher learning has provided many benefits to universities and colleges. First, cloud computing is cost effective thus efficient where the resources are minimal
As for the end-users, they do not have to purchase new equipment or maintain hardware, upgrade or update existing software, obtain licenses for the software or data synchronization since the clouds service includes all of them
There are various Cloud service models
Software as a Service (SaaS) SaaS ensures that clients are able to utilize the various provider’s applications that run on the cloud infrastructure, but are not in a position to control its hardware, network infrastructure or the operating system
It ensures access to applications that are functional in nature including CRM, web conferencing, the ERP, modules, Add ons, utilities as well as the email among other applications.
It is also responsible for different business operation tasks including learning management, education management, student information, as well as customized reports.
only 4% of the educational sector stakeholders utilize cloud computing in carrying out various educational services