[CentOS] School cloud solution

Mon Nov 7 05:34:42 UTC 2011
Trey Dockendorf <treydock at gmail.com>

On Sun, Nov 6, 2011 at 12:57 PM, Daniel Bird <dbird at sgul.ac.uk> wrote:

> On 06/11/2011 00:49, Ljubomir Ljubojevic wrote:
> > Look into google 'apps' (which is really corporatized google
> > > documents).   you edit your documents via your web browser, everything
> > > is hosted in googles cloud so its accessible everywhere.  It supports
> > > written 'word' style documents, spreadsheets, presentations (powerpoint
> > > like) and a few other types.
> > >
> > > yes, it costs money per person per year (up to 25 users are free), but
> > > I'd have to assume there's an educational discount.
> > >
> Google apps for Education is free*
> http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/edu/
> *in the UK at least; and "free" depends on your POV.
> D
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My College at Texas A&M University is also looking for such capability.
 The issue we ran into is that Texas laws restrict where data can be stored
for use by state funded institutions.  Ensuring data stays in Texas is
nearly impossible with "cloud" services, but apparently Google is willing
to make that happen.  They have told my University that they will offer
their services for free.  I would definitely look into it.  I don't know
the specifics of how it's implemented, but I doubt they would require gmail
accounts, because we are looking to do it for our faculty/staff and we
already discourage use of Google services for work related material.  They
will likely integrate it into whatever you already use.

Unfortunately there aren't a lot of great open source solutions out there
for "cloud storage" that can compete with Google or others.  Besides what's
already been mentioned there is Sparkleshare, http://sparkleshare.org/ .  I
use it personally on Linux and OS X with ease, but the Windows portion is
still in beta.  Another my organization attempted was iFolder,
http://www.kablink.org/ifolder. One I haven't worked with yet, but have
seen is http://owncloud.org/.

- Trey