Cloud Computing: Trend Watch for Libraries
Abstract: One of the major transitions in technology involves increased adoption of computing models that involve use of hardware and software outside the library. It’s a seminal technology change as important as the shift from mainframes to client/server architectures. We’re hearing more about application service providers, software-as-a-service, storage-as-a-service, and platform-as-a-service. How does OCLC’s global WorldCat platform fit into the mix? What is the difference between public and private clouds? What are the issues for libraries in the deployment of cloud computing in terms of cost, efficiency, privacy, control, and security? Marshall Breeding clarifies the concepts of cloud computing with examples of interest to libraries.