NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ901485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Embracing the Cloud: Six Ways to Look at the Shift to Cloud Computing
Ullman, David F.; Haggerty, Blake
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v33 n2 2010
Cloud computing is the latest paradigm shift for the delivery of IT services. Where previous paradigms (centralized, decentralized, distributed) were based on fairly straightforward approaches to technology and its management, cloud computing is radical in comparison. The literature on cloud computing, however, suffers from many divergent definitions and viewpoints. Rather than provide a strict definition for cloud computing, this article starts with a loose cloud metaphor, incorporates a number of related IT concepts, and proposes six new ways to view cloud computing. These viewpoints and the authors' cloud metaphor are helping transform delivery of IT services at New Jersey Institute of Technology, offering a model for how these "views of the cloud" might do the same for other institutions. (Contains 4 figures and 16 endnotes.)
EDUCAUSE. 4772 Walnut Street Suite 206, Boulder, CO 80301-2538. Tel: 303-449-4430; Fax: 303-440-0461; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey