Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter and creator and editor of Library Technology Guides (https://librarytechnology.org). He has authored the annual “Library Systems Report” published most recently in American Libraries. He has also edited and authored several books, was formerly the director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library, and regularly teaches workshops and presents internationally at library conferences.
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Cloud computing helps libraries shift away from owning and operating local servers to Web-based services. This book equips you with the information and practical advice needed to evaluate the many opportunities to take advantage of cloud computing. It features applications that empower you to use technology without the constraints of a locally supported infrastructure, and more in-depth information and examples of how to plunge directly into suitable projects by taking advantage of free services offered by the top cloud services providers. Examples include using cloud-based supplemental storage, Google’s suite of apps, Amazon’s S3 and EC2 services to power your library website, and DuraCloud to host an online library media collection.
"Breeding's stance is judicious rather than evangelical. He argues that adoption of cloud computing offers many benefits and is in any case to some extent inevitable. He has a firm eye, however, on the costs, problems, and risks attached – his discussion of such matters is notably sharp ... An extremely helpful professional resource – one that I have no hesitation recommending. The writing is clear, concise, and authoritative throughout."
"Provides the practical information and 'real world' advice required to take full advantange of what cloud computing can provide."
--Midwest Book Review