IBM launches Academic Skills Cloud to speed delivery of technology to colleges

As per our brief discussion last week on the subject of cloud computing, below is a recent news announcement.

On February 10, 2010 IBM announced a new Academic Skills Cloud to expedite the delivery of key IBM software for teaching purposes through a highly automated, highly virtual, very dynamic and flexible self-service cloud environment. This new offering builds on IBM's commitment to provide academia with access to cloud computing resources.

Initially, the Academic Skills Cloud will be available to Academic Initiative members at 20 colleges and universities across the United States. These first participants will be able to access and use IBM software in their classrooms and labs without having to install the products on their own systems. Over time, this cloud offering will be extended to additional schools in IBM's global network of Academic Initiative partners, which includes 9,000 faculty members at more than 4,500 universities worldwide.

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