Cloud computing: clearing the mist

Lightning Talk
Wendy Pryor, Museums Victoria, Australia

Cloud computing ushers in a new era of utility computing and expanded delivery models for the digital museum. The first use of the Cloud was the introduction of search engines and web-based email in the early 1990s. The distinctive characteristics of the Cloud represent flexibility: on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity and measured service. Current Cloud service models are Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service. Each presents specific challenges and opportunities for museums. Cloud deployment models include private, community, public and hybrid. Benefits of Cloud computing are usually associated with reduction of cost for the museum and increased convenience for users. Adoption of Cloud services should follow the clear articulation of business objectives and thorough risk analysis.