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ITech and Southern Miss School of Computing Win Amazon Grant PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Contact Kelly Williams, 601.266.4130   

Valerie Craig, iTech manager of IT Advancement, and Andrew Strelzoff, assistant professor of computer science at The University of Southern Mississippi, were awarded a grant from the Internet giant Amazon, which will provide 160,000 hours of cloud computing time on Amazon servers.

Cloud computing is a new paradigm in which virtual machines, databases and messaging services run remotely (and inexpensively) on extra capacity in the vast server farms built by major Internet companies. This grant will allow Southern Miss students to learn about this new type of distributed application and will allow iTech to experiment with cloud computing as a way of offloading some applications into the cloud. 

“When students get hands-on experience with leading technology, their value to employers increases,” said Craig.  “Our students need to be ready for the tough job market.”

“Utilizing cloud computing in real time over the Internet extends and enhances iTech’s existing capabilities to faculty, staff and students,” said Homer Coffman, CIO at Southern Miss.

“Cloud computing is evolving into an important method of delivery that iTech could use to increase its services and data capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel or licensing new software,” said Coffman.

According to Coffman, cloud computing will allow the university to provide products and services to all students with a very low entry cost. This cost-efficient delivery model will provide access and keep technology in the hands of our students.

“It is a personal goal of mine to provide each student attending Southern Miss with a virtual desktop and increasing access to education,” stated Coffman.

For more information about cloud computing, contact Valerie Craig at 601.266.5010 or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

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