Cloud computing — everything old is new again

Cloud computing, an ability to get computing power without installing and managing a system locally, is growing fast. Think back to the 1960s and 1970s to time-shared computing systems and you will see a similar architecture. The difference is the elimination of the ‘connect’ charges, more functionality for cost paid among a number of things. The down side is there are security issues that need to be addressed, the charges for concurrent users, ‘search’ and more can quickly add up if you are not careful. Still it is a feasible, cost-effective way to take advantage of a library management system and other software as service offerings. I’ll be giving a talk about this at the Computers in Libraries 2012 conference in March in Washington D.C.

One response to “Cloud computing — everything old is new again

  1. It seems that in 2011 you cannot avoid mention of the Cloud. It is the latest fashionable development in IT and all the large manufacturers have been quick to jump onto this bandwagon. Most of the major IT companies now offer a Cloud services solution, but how many of us know and understand what is behind the hype?

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