VALA2014 Session 3 McLean

Residing in the cloud: looking at the forecast now and into the future

Tuesday 4 February 2014, 11:25 – 11:55
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Michelle McLean

Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation, Vic

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The cloud offers libraries many benefits, the best known ones being financial and IT related savings. But how much is this worth and is that all there is? If libraries move their IT into the cloud, whether by choice or necessity, it is important to know what the forecast is and to be ready for it. This paper explores the variety of cloud computing options available, summarises the main benefits and concerns of using these options, provides examples of how cloud computing is already being utilised successfully and outlines how libraries can best plan to make the move to the cloud.

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