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    1. 1. Cloud Computing at DCPL<br />Chris Tonjes<br />LITA Cloud Computing Session<br />June 25, 10<br />
    2. 2. What does DCPL have in the cloud?<br /> – an Amazon EC2 hosted site, with redundancy and a separate development cloud<br />Digital Image Archive – an open source enterprise content management system (Alfresco) also hosted using Amazon EC2<br />Google Documents for staff<br />Central Desktop - cloud-based collaboration tool (similar to sharepoint)<br />Web services – ILS data exchange web services used by our mobile apps, and by the District government’s identity management system<br />Flickr Commons site – rare photo archive<br />
    3. 3. Why did we choose the cloud?<br />Speed – we were under very tight deadlines to create a new web site. The alternative service provider could not guarantee rapid setup, redundancy, or multiple environments<br />Cost – Our annual hosting bill (for both the web and our digital archive) is $4,800. Comparable costs from the alternative provider would be $54,000 per year (note that 80% of our Amazon hosting costs are reimbursed via Erate)<br />Performance – Distributing assets through the cloud conserves bandwidth, and allows us to maximize infrastructure. Our site and applications are also architected for optimum load balancing.<br />Technology - we are able to use the components we want, test them, and configure them according to our needs<br />Compliance – we’ve sidestepped our alternative providers security and change management requirments, using instead ours and those contained in the Amazon SLA<br />
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    5. 5. –Architecture!<br />
    6. 6. Digital Archive<br />Uses Alfresco 3.2<br />Designed/Architected for Amazon EC2<br />Includes customized metada (Dublin Core)<br />Images will be geocoded<br />DrupalAlfreso module and CMIS ensure smooth data exchange<br />
    7. 7. Digital Archive – Home<br />
    8. 8. Digital Archive – Search Results<br />
    9. 9. How do staff and customers benefit?<br />Enhanced collaboration – over 40 people are active contributors to (previously there were 2)<br />Vertical and Horizontal expansion – we quickly create new “sub sites” for programs and organizations<br />Focus on content and media - staff are experimenting with podcasts, and thinking of ways to create and leverage content<br />Technology is everyone’s job – we can spend more time training and consulting, less time supporting apps!<br />Experimentation and practical discovery – we enhance and improve site components using drupal-based programs, such as open atrium (<br />
    10. 10. What’s next?<br />Migrating our OPAC (Vufind) to the cloud<br />Upcoming partnership with Google (whereby cardholders automatically receive Gmail and Google Docs accounts)<br />Our own direct download open source books (downloaded to aforementioned customer Google accounts)<br />Home made self check machines! (code and interface live at Amazon)<br />Cloud based pxe server containing images<br />Increased use of backup/restore functions<br />Further adventures in virtualization!<br />Tableau server data visualization tool<br />