Strategic benefits of cloud computing, SFIA and hybrid clouds



John Beaver
Assistant Director
Department of Computing Services
University of Bath



Update from Umea

Day two of the blog and another varied and interesting crop of presentations. There was a lot talk of about cloud computing, both from a business and technical perspective.

Two presentations from SURF, the Dutch partnership for Higher Education and Research, outlined how they have been pulling together a framework and reference architecture for cloud in HE, as well as a long term plan to help HEIs realise some of the strategic benefits of cloud computing. They’ve even produced a nifty little video here.

From a more technical perspective, two presentations from our hosts at Umeå University outlined the work they have done in implementing VMware and Microsoft Azure technology to create flexible and cost-effective hybrid clouds.

In my final session of the day, Noel Wilson talked about the changing skillsets required of an IT organisation and of how frameworks such as the British Computer Society’s Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) can help.

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