THUNDER: Helping Underfunded NPO’s Distribute Electronic Resources


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.

information access, electronic resources, non-profit organizations, cloud architecture
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).