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This is a place to discuss Jisc Cloud Services and related topics, including cloud storage and research data management, amongst other things.

Jisc's cloud blog post is available at:

There you can read about whether cloud benefits outweigh the challenges and what it costs to migrate apps to the cloud.

CESG has some useful documents on Cloud security guidance and best practice - just follow the link


Jisc recently carried out a study to investigate whether cloud based systems and services can meet the needs of the education sector and also to determine the level of interest from the sector.

The results can be found here and if you scroll to the bottom of that page you can find the raw, anonymised data. 38 HE organisations and 37 FE providers took part in the survey.


What is the cloud?

Cloud computing is the delivery of IT as services over the internet. Cloud users don't need to purchase or install software and companies don't have to run their own application and data servers; the cloud service providers ("CSPs") host applications and provide the computing power from their data centres.

What are the benefits and disadvantages of using the cloud?


As part of a suite of activities including the University Modernisation Fund  Shared Services and Cloud Programme run by JISC, Southampton University researchers developed LabTrove, a software application that enables and facilitates the Smart Research Framework.

LabTrove provides researchers with a highly flexible electronic notebook and data management system that facilitates the capture and use of this information in a collaborative environment.


Latest cloud news from Janet

Welcome to our first newsletter with the latest cloud computing news for the research and education sector.

If you have a suggestion as to what you would like to see featured in a future issue or other feedback, please email

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Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps support


Cloud, nothing very new in that, clouds with pay as you go timesharing services attached were a common picture in slide shows as far back as the 1970s. However new technology makes it a whole lot easier and quicker to move from ideas on a slide to a powerful service reality. All very good but no service will manage itself, service management demands won't disappear and it is still necessary to deal with security, resilience and performance not to mention migration from one provider to another.