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Rob Stein, Charles Moad, Ed Bachta, Museums and Cloud Computing ...


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A paper from Museums and the Web 2009

The promise of distributed computing has long been touted by computer scientists working on Grids or in Clouds, but is the realization of these goals finally at hand? Recently several commercial offerings have generated a lot of attention for their potential to revolutionize the way business computing is conducted. The field has already seen several interesting and innovative business models spring up with their core computing process firmly anchored in the cloud (Horrigan, 2008). Does the same hold true for museums? What are the benefits and risks associated with moving our institutional computing to the cloud? Is cloud computing a viable option for hosting the rich media and content common to many museums today, or is it still vaporware in need of more time? This paper discusses these questions and poses suggestions regarding how museums can begin to utilize cloud computing services.

Session: Technology Strategies [Technology]

Keywords: cloud computing, Web services, distributed computing, streaming video, ArtBabble

Published in: Technology, Education

Rob Stein, Charles Moad, Ed Bachta, Museums and Cloud Computing ...

  1. Museums and Cloud Computing Ready for Primetime, or Just Vaporware? Charles Moad, Robert Stein, Ed Bachta Indianapolis Museum of Art Image by akakumo
  2. What is Cloud Computing?
  3. <ul><li>Cloud Computing implies a move towards thinking of computing services in the same way we think about purchasing utilities like electricity, gas or phone. </li></ul>
  4. Existing Platforms
  5. Advantages <ul><li>Scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Pay-as-you-go </li></ul><ul><li>Energy efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware admin </li></ul><ul><li>Uptime </li></ul>
  6. Disadvantages <ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Data transfer costs vs. in-house </li></ul><ul><li>Possible portability issues (AppEngine) </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with existing archival backup systems </li></ul>
  7. Power Usage Effectiveness
  8. AWS Infrastructure Amazon Web Service (AWS) Platform as a Service (PAAS)
  9. AWS Tools ElasticFox and S3Fox
  10. AWS Tools AWS Management Console
  11. AWS Tools AWS Toolkit for Eclipse
  12. AWS Tools iPhone AWS Manager
  13. What is
  15. Special Thanks to ArtBabble Partners <ul><li>Art21 </li></ul><ul><li>Los Angeles County Museum of Art </li></ul><ul><li>The Museum of Modern Art </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco Museum of Modern Art </li></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian American Art Museum </li></ul><ul><li>The New York Public Library </li></ul>
  19. The Numbers (so far) <ul><li>40,000 video views </li></ul><ul><li>18,500 note clicks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1:3 of the notes expanded </li></ul></ul><ul><li>600 tweets since launch </li></ul><ul><li>8,500 views of “Behind the Babble” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>17,750 views of most popular YouTube video posted Feb. 1 st , 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3,500 registered users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50% signed up using OpenID (but didn’t realize it) </li></ul></ul>
  20. The Numbers (so far) for geeks <ul><li>40 hours of video processed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>250 videos & instances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>590 instance hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At a cost of $0.50 per video </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>April 1 st – 15 th </li></ul><ul><ul><li>35,000 visitors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>From >100 countries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 115GB of data transferred out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At a transfer cost of $22 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 0.32TB of video streamed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At a transfer cost of $63 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5.5 Mbps average transfer on embedded videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IMA just upgraded to 5Mb pipe Fall ‘08 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. EC2 Instance Performance
  22. ArtBabble Costs
  23. ArtBabble Costs
  24. ArtBabble Costs
  25. ArtBabble Costs
  26. Costs Compared
  27. Costs / Time
  28. What’s new?
  29. Google App Engine adds Java and cron jobs. Errata
  30. Amazon adds reserved instance pricing. 33% savings with 1-year commitment. 50% savings with 3-year commitment. Errata
  31. Questions?