Cloud Storage for Nonprofits

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Fascinated or confused by talk of “moving to the cloud”? This brown bag will help demystify the concept and demonstrate various ways that new cloud-based technology can help your nonprofit streamline operations, improve engagement and extend your reach.

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Cloud Storage for Nonprofits

  1. 1. Cloud StorageMay 16, 2012 Seminar
  2. 2. IntroductionsStephen EggersHandsOn Tech AmeriCorp VISTAServing at NPower NWvistastaff@npowernw.org
  3. 3. What is the cloud?
  4. 4. What is cloud computing? The practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer
  5. 5. Youre already in the cloud! Video hosting Online Email Photo Sharing
  6. 6. Why move to the cloud?• Move away from IT administration and towards your core mission o "Outsource" the management of your IT, data, backups, remote access, etc.• Cost o Economies of scale mean that service providers can be more efficient than you o Often a free version o Pay for what you use
  7. 7. Why move to the cloud?• Flexibility o Access from anywhere with an internet connection o No IT infrastructure investment o Easily scalable• Security o Industry experts whose full time job is security o Data redundancy means your data is recoverable even if your (or their) hardware fails o Failure of hardware is expected, so they anticipate it and build around it
  8. 8. AMD 2011 global attitude study -benefitsSource: http://blogs.amd.com/work/amd-2011-global-cloud-computing-adoption-attitudes-and-approaches-study-infographics/
  9. 9. AMD 2011 global attitude study -risksSource: http://blogs.amd.com/work/amd-2011-global-cloud-computing-adoption-attitudes-and-approaches-study-infographics/
  10. 10. Pros / Cons• Benefits o Easy access anywhere (with internet connection) o Built-in backup and redundancy o Strong security o Inexpensive• Drawbacks o Need a stable internet connection o Security is only as strong as your password o Must trust the company
  11. 11. Types of Cloud Storage SyncBackup Collaboration Hybrid
  12. 12. Types of Cloud Storage - SimpleBackupCloud storage backup solutions allow you to copy your computer’s files onto a remote server. You can then recover your files should your computer get stolen or damaged.Examples include: • Mozy • Backblaze • Carbonite
  13. 13. Most cloud storage solutions alsooffer synchronizationThere are also services that allow you to synchronize data on multiple computers or devices. Files stored in a special folder or directory get automatically uploaded and synced across devices.Examples include: • Dropbox • Google Drive • Microsoft SkyDrive
  14. 14. Lets look at Dropbox• Easy to set up• Limited in what can be synced o Anything in the "Dropbox" folder is automatically synced• 2GB Free storage o Paid plans up to 100GB• Accessible from most platforms o PC, Mac, Linux o iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry o Web browser o Has an API for 3rd party integration
  15. 15. Lets look at Google Drive• Easy to set up• Limited in what can be synced o Anything in the "Google Drive" folder is automatically synced• 5GB Free storage o Paid plans up to 16 TB• Accessible from most platforms o PC, Mac o Android (iPhone and iPad coming soon) o Web browser o Has an API for 3rd party integration
  16. 16. Resources• Dropbox features• Google Drive features• AMD Cloud Study 2011 Cloud Infographic• Worried about security? - a video tour of Googles data centers• Feedback form for this presentation
  17. 17. Any questions? Is that it? photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/plasticrevolver/164351244/

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