Industry Perspective: Accelerate Education With Open Source Cloud Techs

Government Technology, 2/26/13

By David Egts, principal architect for the U.S. Public Sector at Red Hat

Distance learning is more popular than ever, and the reasons are many: Students can work full-time while taking classes that fit their schedules; educators are no longer constrained by the economics of the physical classroom—one professor can teach thousands of students simultaneously, or alternatively teach exotic, “long tail” subjects that wouldn’t be sustainable at a single university's campus; and holding classes virtually is significantly less expensive.

Though distance learning has made significant strides over the years, there's still room for improvement—and that's where open source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) can help.