The Opportunities and Challenges of Hosting on the Cloud
DBS Library Annual Seminar
Computer Science , Library Science , Education
The idea of the presentation is to present at a high level the benefits and pitfalls of using Cloud Computing within a Library setting. As budgets within libraries are becoming further squeezed, more and more of the daily operations are either being automated or migrated to the cloud. The benefits are clear, the potential for hassle free computing, cheaper to run, easier to scale, the provision of test environments, reliable archiving functions, open source software, etc.. However there are large potential pitfalls that need to be avoided, regarding governance issues, security, data protection and retention, licensing, potential for vendor-lock in, etc.. These all need to be understood before an informed decision can be made re migration to the Cloud, in the hope of avoiding Gartner’s “trough of disillusionment”.
A presentation made at the DBS Annual Library Seminar 2014.
Hickey, B. (2014) ‘The Ppportunities and Challenges of Hosting on the Cloud’, in. DBS Library Annual Seminar, Dublin, 13 June.