THUNDER: Helping Underfunded NPO’s Distribute Electronic Resources

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dc.contributor.author Loewen, Gabriel
dc.contributor.author Galloway, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.author Robinson, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.author Hong, Xiaoyan
dc.contributor.author Vrbsky, Susan
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-13T14:23:00Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-13T14:23:00Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Loewen, G., Galloway, J., Robinson, J., Hong, X., Vrbsky, S. (2013): THUNDER: Helping Underfunded NPO’s Distribute Electronic Resources. Journal of Cloud Computing: Advances, Systems and Applications. 2(24). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/7975
dc.description.abstract 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. en_US
dc.description.uri https://doi.org/10.1186/2192-113X-2-24
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English en_US
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0
dc.subject information access en_US
dc.subject electronic resources en_US
dc.subject non-profit organizations en_US
dc.subject cloud architecture en_US
dc.title THUNDER: Helping Underfunded NPO’s Distribute Electronic Resources en_US
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