You Can't Have Clouds Without A Little Bit Of Lightning: Cloud Computing In 2012

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You’ve likely heard the term “cloud computing.” But what is it? And how do you avoid legal lightning strikes? Cloud computing is a service model that enables ubiquitous access to ondemand software services, typically through a shared pool of configurable servers. The service model allows users of the “cloud” to gain access software solutions and services from any location with internet access through mobile devices, tablets, laptops, and workstations - and can efficiently bring additional resources on-stream as needed.

The “cloud” phenomenon is not entirely new: the IT industry has been moving in this direction for a decade. However, there has been a recent surge in consumer interest and technological capacity to provide such services. Of course, the legal issues that are engaged when using the “cloud” depend on a number of variables, such as the industry, the type of service, the service model, and whether it is a “public” or “private” cloud. If you are considering cloud computing for your organization, here are a few general issues to consider, from a legal perspective...

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