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How do I match my organizations’ goals and policies to the right cloud services?

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  • Survey your user community to determine potential use cases.
  • Ask your information technology group for suggestions.
  • Define your goals to be solved with cloud technology.
  • Attend conferences to learn more and interact with the wider library community.

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All students and staff will create and save their files online using the cloud-based service of their choice and that is most compatible with their devices.  The district will make every use possible of Cloud computing provided by external service providers.  Cloud computing provides SaaS (Software as a Service) in the form of applications, databases, communication services, utility services, and STaaS (STorage as a Service) in the form of long-term cloud-based file storage.  All of these services are provided as hosted services either free of charge or as subscription-based services.  Free services will be sought as much as possible to keep cost low.  Over time, Cloud computing will become the norm and the Chequamegon School District shall make every use of it as possible. - This is a Cloud-Computing Goal. 

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As with many questions about the future of technology, I’m afraid that the only completely honest answer to the questions in the title of this post is probably “I don’t know and neither does anyone else”. So pardon me while I make a provisional attempt to answer this unanswerable question. If you’ve used any of the popular Web 2.0 services over the past few years (e.g. Gmail, Wikipedia, Flickr or Twitter), you already have some experience with cloud computing, since most of these applications are hosted in the large online data centers that are the hallmark of cloud computing.

 

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  • Cloud Computing in the Library

 

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  • Galvin, Denis. 2012. “Avoiding the Death Zone: Choosing and Running a Library Project in the Cloud.” Library Hi Tech 30 (3): 418–427. doi:10.1108/07378831211266564.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the evolving field of cloud computing and its usefulness for library technology departments. It seeks to consider what types of projects are good candidates for the cloud and which are not. Design/methodology/approach – The authors spent a year trying out different projects using Amazon's Web Service. They discuss what went right and what went wrong. They brought up their own machine image and tested out web sites and applications in the cloud. They discuss the different types of cloud services, evaluating and choosing a provider and the types of projects which best fit into this architecture. Advantages and considerations are highlighted as well as an alternative to the public cloud. Findings – There are some projects that are better suited to cloud computing than others. Flexibility and cost savings are the best reason for moving projects to the cloud. There are also good and valid reasons not to move some projects off into the cloud. Originality/value – This is an on-the-ground look at running projects in the cloud that used to be done on back-end servers. The bulk of the paper looks at infrastructure as a service. All of the work that has been done is in production and has been tested for over a year.

 

Cloud computing comes in several different forms and this article documents how service, platform, and infrastructure forms of cloud computing have been used to serve library needs. Following an overview of these uses the article discusses the experience of one library in migrating IT infrastructure to a cloud environment and concludes with a model for assessing cloud computing.

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