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Bloomberg Law Reports: Dave Barnard and Thyannda Mack on Legal Issues Regarding Cloud Computing

2/4/2011

Cloud Computing―Discovery Problems, Risk Management and Smart Planning

Cloud computing is becoming increasingly popular among companies desiring to cut costs while maintaining strong technical capabilities. It allows a company to eliminate the cost of owning and maintaining its computer systems by outsourcing these functions to a third party vendor. The "cloud" concept has been in general use for many years, primarily through personal services, such as Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, social media sites, Flicker, YouTube, etc. The user can upload, manipulate and then download his or her data using remote servers at little or no cost. A plethora of third-party vendors are now offering this same service to companies, providing companies an entire IT infrastructure service that is remotely owned and operated, and accessed solely via the Internet. Read more ...