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Hosted vs. Behind-the-firewall LMS – How To Decide?

Upside Learning

Adding to this dilemma is another level of decision making – whether to go for an OnDemand / SaaS / Hosted LMS service, or for a behind-the-firewall LMS deployment. If your organization has a strict (and I mean really strict) policy of not using hosted services for LMS (or other business applications), then you don’t have an option but to opt for a behind-the-firewall implementation.

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Firewalls and Security in Software as a Service

Tony Karrer

Tools - A Summary - was general consensus around: Software as a Service is Great for Learning Professionals inside Corporations Firewall restrictions still pose a problem for SOME services Security is a concern, but generally should not stop use The reason that Software as a Service is so attractive is that it is often hard to get Corporate IT to spend time on getting even simple software packages set-up and even harder to get them to agree to support these packages. Elluminate did not work through several firewalls, so we had to switch to WebEx. We had no trouble with our PBWiki.

Answers: How Do I Get Started With xAPI?

MakingBetter

There are at least three turn-key LRS solutions offered as Software-as-a-Service and at least two solutions you can download and install behind a firewall or run locally on your own computer… for free. Local/Bring-Your-Own-Server. If you want to run this from a server, you’ll likely want to put the time into setting up Learning Locker. Getting Started. Recommended Follows.

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Implementing a Virtual World

Kapp Notes

OLIVE is an open, distributed client-server platform for building private, realistic virtual worlds. Working through corporate firewalls. Few corporate firewalls have the requisite TCP and UDP ports open that are needed for virtual world users to access a server cluster outside their firewall, or vice versa, for external attendees trying to access a server behind the firewall.

When Does a Cloud-based LMS Make Sense?

Living in Learning

There was something about having my own staff running my own servers behind my own firewall that provided a sense of security and control. To an extent it did, and the IT staff would be the first to man the ramparts to fight off having anything living outside the firewall – much less allowing anyone outside to get into our systems. I feel their concern, and I respect the need to protect the network and data resources behind the firewall. A few years ago, I am quite certain, I would have been fighting this “cloud” concept tooth and nail.

When Does Your Training Need To Go On A Private Cloud?

eFront

We have gone from big-as-a-house mainframes with slow-as-molasses magnetic tape storage to pizza-box sized servers with crazy fast SSDs, in the span of four decades. The next evolution — which is already here — does not concern servers smaller than pizza boxes, but rather no boxes at all. You don’t have complete control over your servers: the Cloud operator has.

70:20:10 and user generated learning: no way!

Challenge to Learn

I’m afraid nothing in this world is a 100% secure but I truly do believe that our SaaS solution is more secure than most ‘behind the firewall’ solutions. With Easygenerator all content always stays within the secure boundaries of our cloud server. I see a lot of interest in this topic but a lot of reservations as well. What is user generated learning? And more questions like these.

4 Key Emerging Trends in LMS

Upside Learning

Gone are the days when having your own staff running your own servers behind your own firewall provided a sense of security and control. More than 2 years back, I had carried out a SWOT analysis of the LMS to get some understanding on the LMS scenario. The question then is, how will the LMS of the future look like? 1.Cloud Based LMS. 2.Personal Learning Environment (PLE).

Still More Alternatives to Second Life: More 3D Worlds to Explore

Kapp Notes

OpenSimulator is a 3D Application Server. deploys worlds in the cloud as software as a service and firewalled worlds using our "harmony" deployment system based on Windows Hyper-V with a focus on customer support and custom development. Here are even a few more alternatives to Second Life for you to check out. OpenSimulator or OpenSim Building in OpenSim. ReactionGrid Inc.

Learning Solutions Conference Day 1, my recap

Challenge to Learn

In fact the cloud is nothing else then a bunch of web servers behind a firewall, like the servers data would live on your corporate servers. Yesterday we had day 1 of LSCON2013 and here are my findings. I attended a few sessions that I will report on in this post. if you want to have a more complete overview, you should go to the conference back channel.

Mobile Learning: 3 Security Threats & 7 Ways to Beat Them

CommLab India

To avoid virus/malware attacks, mobile devices and servers should use stringent protection mechanisms. Installing genuine/authorized anti-virus software programs with frequent updates, firewalls activation can keep your mobile learning systems safe from attacks. Having regular data backups and maintenance activities for m-learning servers can also prevent security threats.

The potential pitfalls of a custom LMS solution

LearnUpon

You need total control over your data and/or the solution must be hosted on your own servers which can often be the case with some government departments. The vast majority of these situations require a behind the firewall/locally installed LMS. It is nearly 13 years since I started working in the LMS space. And there are some valid reasons for going down that route. Solution design.

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Shrinking LMS Implementation Fees Drive Market Expansion

Talented Learning

Firewalls, server sizing, bandwidth, database preference, historical data migrations, customizations and integrations were complex and problematic. The LMS vendor is responsible for the servers, security patches, backups, disaster recovery, updates, upgrades, browser support – everything. Unprepared buyers had huge expectations and vendors inevitably under delivered.

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LMS Do and Don’ts – Isn’t it time to do what’s right?

eLearning 24-7

There isn’t any hidden server secrets here. For the majority of technical questions/requirements I see on RFPs are those whose experience are with systems behind the company’s firewall, or ERP platforms or HRIS systems and so forth. If you have a firewall blocking social media, mention that. As a child you may have decided that the cookies were a must. There you are, grabbing them, hiding and munching away (I still do this as an adult). Anyway, a voice calls out, “Ahem. Where are the cookies?” You smile with glee. Point. LMS Items. I see it daily.

Can we talk?

Learning with e's

The Chinese people are finding their own ways around the 'Great Firewall of China', sidestepping filters, using proxy servers to gain access to the sites and ideas its government is trying to suppress. Tags: The Spectator firewall China Newsweek Google The web wars are hotting up. At a macro level, we have a nation state taking on one of the giants of the Internet.

When You May Not Need a Training Program

Bottom-Line Performance

Your sales reps are supposed to upload sent proposals to a shared server for future reference or reuse by other team members. One problem: the company firewall restricts access to the portal when reps are not on the company internet network. I want to tell you a story. When they are able to get connected, the portal is painfully slow. IT knows about the issue but has not fixed it.

Your Team for the Win?

Litmos

We all like to believe that our firewalls are secure, our devices are encrypted, our staff is smart on social media, and are aware of the dangers of phishing emails , but even in a perfect world, something will slip through the cracks. Secure configurations for hardware and software on mobile devices, laptops, workstations and servers. What was your pivotal turning point in 2016?

Shaping an eLearning Solution

Zephyr Learning

Accessing secure servers for outside the company’s firewall was always a difficult task and in addition the fact that we needed a browser based device with us at all times was also problematic! Developing elearning tends to focus on three areas – content, design and technology, which really is a given, but there is no strategic substance to focus our vision and desired outcomes.

K-12 and LMSs are Broken, Who’s to Blame?

eLearning 24-7

Uptime – Most systems today who are in the cloud use server farms such as Rackspace and Amazon S3 – thus that “uptime” is tied to those servers. Private server. behind the district’s firewall) is nearly universal. Back in the 90’s I taught high school and loved it. To this day, I still have very close friends who are teachers (middle school and high school). As someone who stays current with K-12 and HE (as related to e-learning), I am equally aware of the challenges, successes and failures when it comes to online learning.

Cloud: the good, the bad and the better

eFront

The Cloud is great because it frees you from having to deploy and manage your own application servers. You also get a free specialized IT team to perform backups of your data and monitoring of the servers. For starters, performance can suffer, or at least it’s not as good as having a server on your own. Businesses and organizations vary not only in size but also in needs.

Day 4. Getting to grips with SCORM API

LearnUpon

But given the scrutiny both technologies are under, and their love/hate relationship with firewalls , JavaScript APIs represent a sensible approach. It delivers a better experience to learners viewing courses that contain rich-media content delivered via the server closest to them, rather than relying on the server that hosts your LMS (which could be far flung!). Say what?!

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Adobe RoboHelp 8: The Pros Have It, The Others Don't

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

And you would generate FlashHelp if you were worried about DHTML limitations for browsers and platforms and high-security firewall issues. WebHelp Pro and FlashHelp Pro deliver server-based output. The advantage of server-based output? You will need to own, install and manage Adobe RoboHelp Server before you will be able to publish either Pro layout to a server.

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 2

Tom Spiglanin

They’re looking to decommission their behind-the-firewall server farms, applications, services, and platforms by migrating to more cost-effective cloud-based infrastructures that are also “elastic,” able to be expanded and contracted as needed. They also easily connect to the Internet, through the firewall, when needed. Schematic of cloud-based infrastructure.

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Tony Karrer

I tried to capture things down as they were said, here are my notes: Firewalls IP Privacy / Confidentiality Security Control over Quality of Information Strict Control Over Policies – Accuracy Liability / Discoverability / Compliance Change Management – Ready for It / Culture Management Take it Seriously – Away from Work Education of Management Lack of Resources – Mobile Devices Push Back from Workforce - Adoption This is a pretty good list of commonly cited barriers. Firewalls - You can certainly install tools behind the firewall. Applications in Learning. Tools?

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2010: mLearning Year in Review

mLearning Trends

Our experience in 2010 found ALL of our new customers and partners went “hosted” instead of installing enterprise (“behind the firewall”). A.K.A. How our January 2010 Predictions Played Out! As we reach the first anniversary of this blog’s introduction, we thought we’d take stock and figure out how things are going by revisiting our list of predictions for enterprise mobile learning in 2010.

SAAS LMSs and Vendor Client Lists Questions

eLearning 24-7

What is SAAS and why is hosted better than having it on your own servers. The bottom line without getting technical or overly detailed, the solution is hosted on your vendor’s servers and not hosted on your internal servers. So in the case of a LMS/LCMS, it is hosted on your vendor’s servers and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection and a browser (that they support), anywhere in the world. Benefits versus having it on my servers (behind my firewall). Hosted Server Question to Ask. SAAS: Software as a Service.

SAAS (Hosted) LMS and Vendor Questions

eLearning 24-7

What is SAAS and why is hosted better than having it on your own servers. The bottom line without getting technical or overly detailed, the solution is hosted on your vendor’s servers and not hosted on your internal servers. So in the case of a LMS/LCMS, it is hosted on your vendor’s servers and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection and a browser (that they support), anywhere in the world. Benefits versus having it on my servers (behind my firewall). Hosted Server Question to Ask. SAAS: Software as a Service.

Save Yourself Time and Money--Before Implementing a Virtual World, Do an Analysis

Kapp Notes

Conduct an analysis of the types of servers available, firewall issues, client computer capabilities and other technical specifications to ensure that the virtual learning world will function properly when launched. Conducting a virtual brainstorming session. Here is some advice (and a sneak peak at content from Learning in 3D ) that you should follow in terms of analysis. Learners.

2009 Predictions, Remembrance and Challenges

Kapp Notes

ASTD's Big Question for January is, again, a series of questions. What are your biggest challenges for this upcoming year? What are your major plans for the year? What predictions do you have for the year? First a little reflection. This year has been a busy year as my consulting has been more active than any previous year. 1: Bored?-Try Spending as much time as possible with my two boys and wife.

Video Delivery Types in Captivate

Adobe Captivate

Can be hosted on any Web Server or Flash Media Server (FMS). can have impact on firewalls). All you need do is upload the publish folder to the web server of your choice and it should just work. This makes it the easiest and most economical (as you can use your existing web server) delivery mode. Alternate Web server for Video : Sometimes you need to host video on an alternate web server (other than the one which is hosting your SWF). You can do it this way: Upload the flv / f4v files to your alternate web server. Progressive Download.

SCORM Cloud

eLearning 24-7

Can download your SCORM courses from the “cloud&# to go into your LMS/LCMS (open source/vendor or proprietary – hosted on your own server – behind your firewall, on your vendor’s server or on any server on the net or wherever). This is the WordPress.org, which requires you to have your own server on the net – hosted – example Godaddy.com, behind a firewall. Very few things impress me, especially product claims or services. Often times, you get excited thinking it will be diamonds only to realize it is glass. Moodle.

Learning Technologies 2010 – Day 2 Recap

Upside Learning

Dylan shared some key points to consider while working out a solution. - Is your provider BB Enterprise Server Ready. - Best way to activate users. - Where will the firewall be. - Hosting arrangements. - How would you manage enrollments. - Would you allow self enrollments. Here’s a summary of the sessions I attended on Day 2: 1. Key Note by Josh Bersin.

Zimbio: putting Learning2.0 together.finally!

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Sure ELGG is awesome because I can download and install the framework onto my own server! Now if only I could download the framework and run it behind my corporate firewall. Many people ask me for examples of what a Learning Ecosystem looks like. There are several images that bloggers have created, but we want apps that people can get their hands on. But Zimbio takes user-created social networks to a completely new.well.complete.level. Thanks to Alan of CogDogBlog for the review/reminder. Now that would be awesome! But I created my own group just fine.

Who Needs to Be on Your 3D Development Team?

Kapp Notes

If the world is being hosted internally, there are server and bandwidth requirements not to mention requirements related to video and sound cards. If the worlds is hosted externally, there are requirements related to opening portals and firewall issues. Regardless of the actual physical location of the server housing the virtual world, a representative of the Information Technology department is required to minimize the technical issues that will be encountered. A typical team required for building a virtual learning environment consists of the following individuals.