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Journal of Cloud Computing: Advances, Systems and Applications

, 2:24

First Online: 21 December 2013Received: 11 August 2013Accepted: 14 December 2013


As federal funding in many public non-profit organizations NPO’s seems to be dwindling, it is of the utmost importance that efforts are focused on reducing operating costs of needy organizations, such as public schools. Our approach for reducing organizational costs is through the combined benefits of a high performance cloud architecture and low-power, thin-client devices. However, general-purpose private cloud architectures are not easily deployable by average users, or even those with some computing knowledge. For this reason, we propose a new vertical cloud architecture, which is focused on ease of deployment and management, as well as providing organizations with cost-efficient virtualization and storage, and other organization-specific utilities. We postulate that if organizations are provided with on-demand access to electronic resources in a way that is cost-efficient, then the operating costs may be reduced, such that the user experience and organizational efficiency may be increased. In this paper we discuss our private vertical cloud architecture called THUNDER. Additionally, we introduce a number of methodologies that could enable needy non-profit organizations to decrease costs and also provide many additional benefits for the users. Specifically, this paper introduces our current implementation of THUNDER, details about the architecture, and the software system that we have designed to specifically target the needs of underfunded organizations.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-2192-113X-2-24 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Gabriel Loewen - Jeffrey Galloway - Jeffrey Robinson - Xiaoyan Hong - Susan Vrbsky


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