International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science and Software Engineering (IJARCSSE)
Cloud computing is a buzzword now days. It has changed the whole scenario. cloud computing being \"On demand\" following in line with other \"Utilities\", such as electricity and telephone .Not even the business organization and several educational institutions have been considering and some of them even adopting cloud computing strategies in order to meet their requirements. Cloud computing services are a growing necessity for business organizations as well as for educational institutions. Although there are still several risks and challenges are associated with cloud but its potential benefits outweigh the risks. This paper begins with defining cloud computing, its key characteristics, deployment and service models, relationship between them. Then paper describes the role and challenges of cloud computing in higher education.