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Survey of Library Use of Cloud Computing

0 Pages Primary Research Group November 01, 2011 SKU: PF6673334

The report looks closely at how academic, special and public libraries are using cloud computing services and plan to use them in the future. The study gives detailed data about the use of specific services from Amazon, Google, DropBox and many others, as well as presenting an objective look at the benefits and costs of cloud computing, and the opinions of librarians on data security, cost, reliability, impact on staff time and other issues about cloud computing.

Just a few of the report's many findings are:

22.54% of libraries sampled use paid subscription software as a cloud computing service, including just 13.64% of libraries outside the United States.

Major cloud computing services have been used for hosting and/or distributing special collections by 2.82% of libraries in the sample.

63.04% of libraries categorize Google as trustworthy and 8.7% as highly trustworthy. The remaining 28.26% say that Google is usually trustworthy and none consider it untrustworthy.

66.67% of libraries agree that, while data and file losses are possible with major cloud computing services, these losses would not be any worse than those occurring with traditional storage systems.

Less than 3% of libraries currently use platforms as a service (PaaS), which enable end users to build their own applications online.

2.82% of libraries are considering using Rackspace in the future, including 5.56% of public libraries and 2.44% of academic libraries. 15.38% of libraries with budgets between $750,000 and $5,000,000 use server space rented from cloud computing services

16.9% of libraries have adopted Google Apps as their default means of word processing.

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Survey of Library Use of Cloud Computing

Primary Research Group
November 01, 2011

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