Bright future with library clouds - Libraries in the cloud Sian Harris explores how the growth and improved accessibility of the cloud is presenting a wealth of exciting opportunities for research libraries The ‘cloud’ has been hitting the mainstream headlines lately – complete with stories about naked celebrities and explanations that no real clouds are actually involved. As Tamir Borensztajn, vice president of discovery strategy at EBSCO Information Services, observed, ‘In the not too distant past, cloud computing was sort-of a mystery to most people. Just in 2012, a [US] survey by Citrix showed that 51 per cent of people believed that stormy weather affects “cloud computing”.’ But it is not all scare stories about leaked photos or lack of technical understanding. ‘Cloud applications have played an important role for research libraries for quite some time. ‘The cloud is part of our personal lives. Such tools, while already embedded in library processes, may not be immediately obvious to librarians and users as taking place in the cloud.
What Is Cloud Computing? "What's the cloud?" "Where is the cloud?" "Are we in the cloud now?!" In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. What cloud computing is not about is your hard drive. The cloud is also not about having a dedicated hardware server in residence. For it to be considered "cloud computing," you need to access your data or your programs over the Internet, or at the very least, have that data synchronized with other information over the Net. Consumer vs. There is an entirely different "cloud" when it comes to business. Of course, cloud computing is big business: McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, claims that 80 percent of the large companies in North America that it's surveyed are either looking at using cloud services—or already have. For a great look at more examples of business services in the cloud, read our 20 Top Cloud Services for Small Business.
Cloud Library You can browse the shelves that your library set up by category or you can use the filter button to filter by genre. Use the 3M Cloud Library PC Software to transfer e-books to your Nook Simple Touch and Kobo eReader . If you'd like to take notes while reading or bookmark your spot, simple click the small box at the top right hand side of the screen to open a spot to jot down your notes and create your own bookmark. The 3M Cloud Library automatically syncs to all your devices that have the 3M Cloud Library App downloaded to them. Compatible devices: The 3M Cloud Library is not currently supported by Amazon. * Not support by all versions Cloud Computing Magazine Making the most of the cloud : how to choose and implement the best services for your library (Book, 2014) The book is well set out and easy to read. It is also comprehensive in coverage and easily understood by someone without extensive technical knowledge. It serves as a useful introduction to cloud computing for libraries and is recommended to librarians seeking to understand the role of cloud computing in their work and to evaluate the relevance of cloud computing services.
What is Data Center Infrastructure Management? Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) means many things to many people. It is a relatively young term that represents an emerging class of IT physical infrastructure solutions, one that has already generated enormous market acceptance. Gartner predicts that it will quickly become mainstream, growing from 1% penetration of data centers in 2010 to 60% in 2014 (DCIM: Going Beyond IT, Gartner Research, March 2010). Why is DCIM taking the market with such force? If you ask the executives who lie awake at night worrying about the tens of thousands of IT assets under their supervision, they’ll explain it with one word: “Help!” Today’s IT decision-makers are starving for the information, insight, and command-and-control that a true Data Center Infrastructure Management solution offers. They need to be able to see, understand, manage, and optimize the myriad of complex interrelationships that drive the modern data center – one of the most complex entities on earth. Myth vs. The bottom line
Outsourcing digital data storage Storing Commonwealth records in data centres, digital repositories and the cloud Outsourcing digital data storage can relieve pressure on storage capacity and ICT resources while reducing costs. However, there are potential risks to the viability, access and use of the records. It may also be difficult to ensure that all copies of digital records are accounted for when they are destroyed or removed from storage. Many of the records management risks can be mitigated once they are recognised. Records management risk assessment template (pdf, 76kb) (Word, 1.1mb) The Records Issues for Outsourcing including General Disposal Authority 25 (pdf, 111kb) authorises Australian Government agencies to transfer custody of Commonwealth records to contractors and sets out the terms and conditions that apply. National Archives general advice on outsourcing. Some of the main records management risks are outlined below. Regulatory requirements may be breached Unauthorised access to, or use of, information
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Tape Backup vs Hard Disk Backup: What Does the Future Hold? I was frequenting Spiceworks earlier today and came across a post asking if “tape was legacy”. I think what they were asking is whether backup to tape is the kind of legacy technology today that we see with VHS—there are still a few out there but the technology is on its way out. I realize that there are still advantages with tape when it comes to large volume backups and the ability to physically move the backup media to an offsite location. Let’s do a quick comparison of tape and disk storage to consider the advantages of each: Capacity “As of 2011, the highest capacity tape cartridges (T10000C) can store 5 TB of uncompressed data” (source Wikipedia), while hard drives have followed Kryder’s law (much like Moore’s law) and doubled areal density every two to four years putting disk drive capacity currently somewhere around 4 TB. Speed Several tape drives I’ve looked at have write speeds approaching 500 MB/s with LTO-5 claiming speeds of 800 MB/s. Cost Ok, so there you have it. Cheers!
title.php?id=048477&category_code=# Cloud computing helps libraries shift away from owning and operating local servers to Web-based services. Part of the award-winning TECH SET series. this book equips you with the information and practical advice needed to evaluate the many opportunities to take advantage of cloud computing. Author Marshall Breeding walks you through applications that empower you to use technology without the constraints of a locally supported infrastructure, and provides more in-depth information and examples of how to plunge directly into suitable projects by taking advantage of free services offered by the top cloud services providers. Examples include using cloud-based supplemental storage, Google's suite of apps, Amazon's S3 and EC2 services to power your library website, and DuraCloud to host an online library media collection. Foreword - Ellyssa Kroski 1. "...an excellent overview of the subject and an enjoyable read" - Australian Library Journal
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