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March 21 - 23, 2012
Hilton Washington
Washington, DC
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E201 From Ground to Cloud

Thursday, March 22, 2012
10:30 AM 11:15 AM
, Independent Consultant and Founder of Library Technology Guides, Founder of Library Technology Guides
, Chief Librarian, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Cloud computing is one of the most important technology trends of the times. The phase of client/server computing is fading into obsolescence, replaced by entirely web-based systems, increasingly deployed through SaaS. Libraries and other technology-oriented organizations now have options through infrastructure-as-a-service offerings such as Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud and Simple Storage Service to ramp up computing capabilities quickly, enjoy free access for smaller projects, and take advantage of usage- based subscription models for larger-scale production projects. Breeding expands on these topics and provides a basic explanation of cloud computing that focuses on real advantages and disadvantages for libraries. Hulser illustrates the advantages with a case study of going from manual library operations to 21st-century information management and access using a cloud-based ILS.

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