March Net2 Think Tank Round-up: Cloud Computing

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Earlier this month, we asked you to share ideas for using cloud computing to run nonprofits, libraries, and social enterprises around the world. Cloud computing is the term for the services and applications we use over the internet. We wanted to learn the ways that others are already using these web-based tools, services, and infrastructure to make their IT more efficient, cost effective, and environmentally friendly. Below, we've compiled all of the community responses for this month's Net2 Think Tank!

Topic: How are you using cloud-based services? Which parts of your IT have you moved to the cloud? And if you haven't, why not?

 

While this month's Net2 Think Tank is now closed, you're always welcome to add your feedback on the subject. Feel free to add your ideas in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Making the Cloud Work for You

Cloud Computing at Civil Society Organizations Blog Posts from Keisha Taylor:

Keisha Taylor from GuideStar International shared a three-part series about cloud computing as it relates to civil society organizations. Her posts include:

 

Five Linkedin Discussions on Cloud Issues:

Earlier this month, we asked several cloud-related question on Linkedin to share best practices for using the online services. We asked for community input on several key cloud-related questions to get a feeling for some of the issues and solutions being used today. The questions and answers include:

Read all the community answers, and share your ideas and best practices.

 

Considerations for Cloud Computing in Low-bandwidth Areas: Feedback from Africa

While the cloud can be an excellent tool to save money and increase on efficiency for organizations that have access to high-speed internet, organizations in low-bandwidth areas may find it harder to make the cloud work for them. This Think Tank question sparked conversation on the Kabissa blog about cost, security and speed. Learn more and share your feedback.

 

A Small Nonprofit Case Study in Cloud Computing from the Chronicle of Philanthropy

By moving to cloud-based accounting, phones, servers, apps, databases, and even office space, The Metanexus Institute saved $176,000 and reduced their annual budget to $385,000. Learn how it's possible in this story from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

 

Get Involved with TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative

TechSoup Global’s GreenTech program is a green IT program for small and medium sized offices. It helps nonprofits, NGO’s, and libraries use their IT to reduce their environmental impact and also helps them reduce the environmental impact of technology by using less electricity and paper, and also using cloud services that tend to decrease their reliance on in-house IT infrastructure. If you're interested in continuing the conversation about using the cloud for your work, and other ways to green your IT, check it out.

 

While this month's Net2 Think Tank is now closed, you're always welcome to add your feedback on the subject. Feel free to add your ideas in the comments section at the bottom of this page.


About Net2 Think Tank:

Net2 Think Tank is a monthly blogging/social networking event open to anyone and is a great way to participate in an exchange of ideas.  We post a question or topic to the NetSquared community and participants submit responses either on their own blogs, the NetSquared Community Blog, or using social media.  Tag your post with "net2thinktank" and email a link to us to be included. At the end of the month, the entries get pulled together in the Net2 Think Tank Round-Up.