LITA 2011 Pre-conference on cloud computing

LITA 2011 Pre-conference on cloud computing

This LITA pre-conference explores applications of Infrastructure-as-a-Service components in building a cloud computing environment. The session focuses on hands-on work using a series of tutorials that explore starting and managing Amazon Web Service (AWS) resources and using common open-source IT management tools and hosted services to build a computing intrastructure. All pre-conference materials are available at

Day 1 – September 29th, 2011

Introductions (1:00 – 1:30)

    Get to know each other. . .

  • Name
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Current Job
  • Aspirational Job?
  • Something you want to learn in this pre-conference

Overview of the pre-conference (1:30 – 2:00)

This pre-conference will explore technical, administrative, and organizational elements that should be considered when exploring cloud computing solutions. We will outline the timeline and objectives of the course.

Introduction to cloud computing (2:00 – 2:30)

Review taxonomy of cloud computing and state of adoption in libraries. Define computing models (SAAS, IAAS, PAAS, DAAS) and understand options for use in libraries. Broadly discuss case studies and provider options.

First work session – Technical exploration (2:30 – 4:30)

In this work session we will get acquainted with the Amazon EC2 platform, create our server and install a web application. Complete tutorials 1-4

Review technical work, discuss organizational issues (4:30 – 4:45)

In this session we will consider the work we have done so far and discuss the organizational impact of different cloud computing approaches

Recap day and prep for day 2 (4:45 – 5:00)

Review work from the day, plan for day 2.

Day 2 – Friday September 30th

Review day 1, answer questions, plan for day 2 (8:00 – 8:30)

In day 2 we will expand on our technical work and come up with organizational plan for implementing and managing a cloud service at our own institution

Technical work session 2 (8:30 – 10:30)

In day 2 we will focus on backups, monitoring, and server administration. Complete tutorials 5-9.

Review technical work and discuss implementation strategies (10:30– 11:30)

In this session we will explore what we learned about cloud computing implementation, examine alternative service providers and consider how we would implement a service in our own environment

Final questions and wrap-up (11:30 – 12:00)

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