While the rest of the world will experience increases in education IT spending this year, in the United States, information technology will be flat through the end of 2010. But, according to research firm Gartner, growth will resume in 2011 and continue at least through 2014.
Microsoft used the occasion of a recent open source conference to advance its vision of an open cloud by breaking it down into four basic principles.
Three university programs have acquired an application from Hyland Software to manage documents and streamline workflow.
The Wroclaw University of Technology will be working with IBM Poland to develop a cloud computing center in that country.
Addressing one of the key objectives of cloud computing, Microsoft this week said its Windows Azure platform will be available as an appliance that can run on customer and partner premises.
The University of Missouri has received an equipment grant from IBM to bolster its computational and storage capabilities for bioinformatics research. The grant will add an additional 64 processors and 24 terabytes of storage to the cluster resources run by the Columbia-based university's Bioinformatics Consortium.
IT support at Brown University is spending the summer migrating its campus community to Google Apps for Education. The university projected that the move could save a million dollars a year.
The challenges of managing information technology are weighing ever more heavily on in-house IT departments across all sectors. Coupled with the economic difficulties of the last couple years, these challenges are pushing IT in some profoundly new directions, according to research firm Gartner, which said the result is a notable swing toward cloud-based services that's expected to fuel unprecedented growth in cloud computing over the next several years.