Virtualization, in computing, refers to the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including but not limited to a virtual computer hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or computer network resources.
The term "virtualization" traces its roots to 1960s mainframes, during which it was a method of logically dividing the mainframes' resources for different applications. Since then, the meaning of the term has evolved to the aforementioned.
The term "the cloud" is essentially a metaphor for the Internet] Marketers have further popularized the phrase "in the cloud" to refer to software, platforms and infrastructure that are sold "as a service", ...view middle of the document...
In order for the top executive to make a decision a research and feasibility study needs to be carried out to identify which university services can be virtualised and provided as a cloud serviceWith this problem in mind the university is looking into alternative solutions such as moving some or all of its services into the cloud computing realm. The university needs to identify which services can possibly be virtualised and be provided through the cloud as a service. It would also be beneficial to know whether buying third party cloud computing services from one of the major players in this field or implementing an in-house cloud computing architecture would be the way forward.
Already started to work on the envisaged move by trying to pre-empt any possible problems. One crucial problem which has been identified is the merger of the IT services from both the campuses. The question arises whether after the merger and any possible job cuts, the IT staff will be able to provide the same level of services and cope with the large number of students on a single campus.
With the universities plan of providing its HE services to students from a single campus already finalised. The Stafford campus will be merged with the Stoke campus by moving all operations from Stafford to Stoke before September 2016.
The university employs more than 300 staff spread across four academic faculties in its four campuses. The staff is a mix of academics who lecture in the latest subject...