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What is the Cloud?

Essentially, cloud computing is about moving computing tasks off your computer and off Cornell's premises.

This article applies to: Cloudification


What are cloud services?

Cloud services are easy to recognize. They...

  • aren't installed on your computer--you usually connect to them via a web browser.
  • keep your data with the service--not on your computer--so you don't have to worry about backing it up, losing it, or moving it when you switch computers.
  • are accessible from any device with a web browser--laptops, smartphones, tablets--so you can reach the service when you are mobile.

Why do users like cloud services?

We like easy access, not having to worry about our data and the mobility they offer; this positive "customer experience"  is one reason Cornell is committed to the cloud. Plus, most of us already use publicly available cloud services like GMail, Facebook and YouTube, and we expect Cornell to provide tools that deliver a similar experience.

Why does Cornell like cloud services?

Cloud services are appealing for doing business in a fast-paced, resource-constrained and mission-focused world like we have an Cornell. We've assembled a list of business benefits to explain why Cornell is excited about the cloud.  Bottom line: the cloud is a way to rapidly deliver quality IT services, maintain flexibility, reduce expenses, and redirect savings to the core missions of the university: education, research, outreach.

Because IT is integrated in everything we do--our business, academic and personal lives--demand for IT services will only grow. The cloud is the way universities like Cornell are keeping up with demand.

  • Months to Minutes: Reinventing Higher Ed for Webscale and Web Speed: video, slides
    Shel Waggener, Snr. Vice President, Internet2, discusses the impact of cloud computing on higher education and IT services

How can I be a successful consumer of cloud services?

Cloud services can benefit Cornell as an institution as well as each student, faculty and staff member who is just looking for the right tool to get his or her work done. Please enjoy Cornell's cloud services and use them safely, thoughtfully and responsibly by following Security guidelines as well as process and rules outlined in the Regulated Data Chart.

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