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ERIC Number: EJ858674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Libraries in the Cloud: Making a Case for Google and Amazon
Buck, Stephanie
Computers in Libraries, v29 n8 p6-10 Sep 2009
As news outlets create headlines such as "A Cloud & A Prayer," "The Cloud Is the Computer," and "Leveraging Clouds to Make You More Efficient," many readers have been left with cloud confusion. Many definitions exist for cloud computing, and a uniform definition is hard to find. In its most basic form, cloud computing is the availability of IT-type needs offered as services, often through a third-party vendor. Adding to the confusion are conflicting ideas on what constitutes the various areas of cloud computing. There are several services provided in the cloud, but software as a service (SaaS) and data storage are most frequently discussed and may prove to be the most useful in libraries. In this article, the author talks about cloud computing, how it is used and the potential of cloud computing in libraries and other similar institutions. The author also discusses how cloud computing vendors, such as Google and Amazon, are constantly working to improve and add to their cloud services.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts