12 Nov 2010
Organisations with limited resources such as Kingston University should drop the in-house virtualisation and move to the cloud (Is VMware pricing itself out of the market?)
Using Amazon Web Services or Windows Azure would save loads of money over having in-house staff, technicians, and especially hardware. Boot up 1,000 instances in the cloud in about five minutes – boom, you have dozens of classes ready for use. All that is needed at the desk is a browser or RDC if you need to log in to a desktop.
Use Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365 or Zoho. Get rid of the hardware. Get rid of the PC tech nonsense and get to the core of functionality – SaaS apps sitting in the cloud with everything you need for studies and the day-to-day operations.
That should shave off, at least if done right, 15 to 60 per cent of the traditional IT methods used to set this stuff up.