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Cloud Computing: Is it a way to go for Academia?

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Emerging Computing and Information Technologies

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Computing & Information Technology

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24.277.1 - 24.277.35



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Mudasser Fraz Wyne National University

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I have a Ph.D. in computer science, M.Sc. in engineering, and B.Sc. in electrical engineering. In my capacity as chair of the department of computer science, information and media systems at the National University of San Diego, I administer four graduate and four undergraduate programs. Furthermore, I manage seven specializations and two certification programs, as well as the teaching and scholarship of 14 full-time faculty members (seven full professors, four associate professors, and three assistant professors) and more than 115 adjunct faculty. In the last academic year alone, our department enrolled more than 5,000 students and generated approximately 78 percent of the School of Engineering, Technology and Media’s annual credit hours. Currently I serve as a professor of computer science and am intimately involved with program development and the streamlining of existing programs to align them toward the future demands of academia. I am currently the program lead for the B.Sc. program in information systems and also have served recently as the co-lead for the M.Sc. in computer science and lead for the M.Sc. in database administration programs. I previously have served as chair of the university's undergraduate and graduate council review committees. My association with ABET-U.S. dates back to 2001, as a certified program evaluator for the B.Sc. in computer science and B.Sc. in information systems. At present, I also am serving as the commissioner for the Computer Accreditation Commission (CAC) and have been chairing the ABET Visit Team since 2010. Ongoing assessment of academic programs is a personal interest of mine, and I am involved on an ongoing basis at the departmental, school, and university levels. I have taught in six countries over the past 23 years and was privileged to be a research fellow at the DESY Group (Deutches Elecktronen Synchrotron) in Hamburg, Germany, and worked with an MIT group led by a Nobel laureate. On the research side, I have been fortunate to secure a number of grants and have served on numerous international Ph.D. thesis committees, been an editorial board member for seven international journals, and served as the chair and co-chair for 12 international conferences. I have been the invited speaker at a number of international conferences, and chaired panel discussions and numerous international conference sessions. I have served on more than 100 international conference program committees and published many articles in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. I am also an active member of ACM, ASEE, and CSAB.

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Jimmy Faraon National University

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Cloud Computing: Is it a way to go for academia? ABSTRACTInformation Technology (IT) staff for most of the academic institutes are struggling inkeeping up with the latest versions of the software tools, software licensees as well IThardware. Cloud service is one of the options that can be used, but the extent to which thisoption can be effective may vary. Since moving to the cloud-computing network and servicescan be more complicated depending on the type of IT environment and facilities of theacademic institution. The researchers have been touting the cost-effectiveness of cloudcomputing in some way. Therefore a thorough examination may help align business resultswith subsequent cloud architectural development, tools, process integration, andimplementation. The costs, benefits, and functional changes required to determine whether itwill be feasible to migrate to cloud-computing design needs to be evaluated. It is important tobe able to measure the options by weighing lot of issues, such as understanding contracts,performance, service spreading, data views and flows. In this paper we will discuss thetransition to cloud computing approach considering strategic preparation, planning anddesigning, implementation and migration and optimization. The strategic planning, evaluatessecurity risk, focusing on protecting access and providing on-demand security options withina service catalog for IT users. The planning and designing requires close coordination amongthe members of the IT team, advisers, and cloud vendors. Implementation and migrationinvolves implementing the security technology design, the security portal design, automatedaudit, and physical safety and security designs. Proven methodologies, best practices, anddeep understanding of the core systems within the cloud environment can facilitate a smoothmigration from any of the existing environment to a cloud-computing utility architecture.Optimization of the cloud-computing model can accelerate adoption and is the stage whereIT staff can maximize the real benefits of cloud computing. Real benefits, such as loweroperating and capital expenses, increased business agility and responsiveness, and scalabilitymay be realized within few days to weeks after migration to cloud. Many cloud vendors havebeen offering cloud computing services to both large and small companies, especiallyeducational institutions. Cloud-hosted services have also become an excellent way forbusinesses to reduce costs through monthly subscriptions. Despite the risk of making thetransition to cloud server and storage, cloud computing continues to attract and dominate thediscussion among IT personnel. Cloud server and storage have the potential to create a moreefficient business strategy. Another factor to consider about data transfer is the networklatency, and this is normally present on every cloud provider. There is still travel timeinvolved with data transfer, but if the user requires data instantaneously, then the cloud mightnot be the best option. Cloud computing vendors have been finding ways to improve in allnecessary areas since the market became more competitive.As a case study we will try to determine whether our current IT environment and facilitieshave the feasibility to relocate to the cloud computing environment by comparing cloudservices offered by different companies. We will show the comparison of various cloudproviders for speed test, disk/storage cloud on each RAM, price per Gbytes, costs per hour(Projected to cost per month), cost per month for Windows and Linux systems. Finally wewould recommend the best choice for cloud server and storage for our case study. 1

Wyne, M. F., & Faraon, J. (2014, June), Cloud Computing: Is it a way to go for Academia? Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20168

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