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”.’
What Is Cloud Computing? "What's the cloud?" "Where is the cloud?" "Are we in the cloud now?!" These are all questions you've probably heard (and not just from Amy Poehler in Best Buy's Super Bowl ad) or even asked yourself. The term "cloud computing" is everywhere, and PCMag is here to explain it. Understanding the Concept of Cloud Computing and its Advantages Linking the concepts to its merits The first thing that comes to mind when you have understood the concept of cloud computing is whether it is beneficial to your organization. If you are an individual then you might consider whether there is a route through which you can access the service. In this article I will try to link the known characteristics of cloud computing to the merits that we have discussed in my previous articles. Computing Technology
Open Source Cloud Computing Software OpenStack OpenStack is aiming to one of the largest open source cloud provider. It is a collaborative software project among several big players in the cloud computing space, its designed to create freely available codes and huge-scalable infrastructure for the cloud clients. There are two projects currently under OpenStack. OPENSTACK COMPUTE: Frames standards for large-scale deployments of automatically provisioned virtual compute instances and provides related open source cloud computing software. OPENSTACK OBJECT STORAGE: Focuses on defining standards for large-scale reduntand storage of static objects and development of related open source cloud computing software.
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. 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).
VMware prepares to enter the cloud computing market In January 2006 virtualization.info published a post titled Virtualization is the first step of a long walk called Grid Computing, stating that VMware could move its virtualization offering to a higher level and go for grid computing. Over two years later it seems that the time has come. Diane Greene, President and Co-Founder, at JP Morgan Technology Conference in May 21 and Reza Malekzadeh, Senior Director of Products and Marketing, at Nordic Virtualization Conference in June 2 started to introduce a new VMware mantra. Both executives presented a five stage vision where virtualization is used first for test and development, then for server consolidation, then for infrastructure on demand, then for data center automation and finally for cloud computing. In the last year and a half with its EC2 service Amazon demonstrated that there is enough interest for this market and a huge opportunity to innovate. It must be seen anyway when and how the company will make its move.
What cloud computing really means Cloud computing is all the rage. "It's become the phrase du jour," says Gartner senior analyst Ben Pring, echoing many of his peers. The problem is that (as with Web 2.0) everyone seems to have a different definition. As a metaphor for the Internet, "the cloud" is a familiar cliché, but when combined with "computing," the meaning gets bigger and fuzzier. Some analysts and vendors define cloud computing narrowly as an updated version of utility computing: basically virtual servers available over the Internet.
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. Australian Library Journal Written by the director of technology services at the Northeast Kansas Library System in Lawrence, Kansas, this book takes the reader through the most popular cloud services being used in libraries and breaks them down so that the user can know how to pick the best one for their particular library's needs. This is a fast-changing industry right now with new types of services being added to the cloud daily.
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A warning against premature adoption of cloud computing In a white paper released this week, consulting firm McKinsey & Company contends that cloud computing has significant potential, but is still too costly to be a practical option for many large companies. The report encourages caution and urges potential adopters to look beyond the hype and think hard about real value. Cloud computing is a very general term which is used to describe a broad assortment of technologies ranging from Web applications to hosted computing infrastructure. Citing a study which found 22 separate definitions of cloud computing, the McKinsey paper says that the lack of consensus around a single cogent definition is impeding discussion and generating confusion in potential adopters. The paper offers its own definition by identifying several key characteristics of existing cloud computing technology.
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.