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The Librarian's Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud by Steven Ovadia

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The future of the cloud

Abstract:

While the precise future of cloud-based research tools is unknown, there are some possible directions into which the field might evolve. This chapter examines some potential directions for the cloud, including a consolidation of features that might see more services expanding their portfolios of offerings so users become more difficult to attract away. The future of the cloud might also involve a consolidation of customers, with institutions either hosting their own services or engaging the services of cloud providers on behalf of constituents. The future of the cloud might also involve more thin clients, and perhaps might even allow alternative operating systems, such as Linux, to thrive. At the same time, ...

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