Retrieving deleted files just one challenge of online data storage
Cloud computing is alive and flourishing. It has become the popular technology tool for many who want to shift from local PC/Network computer storage and processing to external computers in “the cloud” (on the Internet) handling these types of services.
E-mail, word processing and financial systems are all examples of information that may no longer exist at a company’s physical site and reside somewhere in cyberspace. Cloud computing technologies, however, can significantly impact how and where electronically stored information (ESI) resides, thus impacting the traditional e-discovery model.
Everyone seems to have their own definition of cloud computing. Simply put, cloud computing is typically considered a subscription-based or pay-per-use service that is provided through the Internet. This also extends to the concept of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). This includes software applications (e-mail, word processing, etc.) that are provided as a service to company employees via the Internet. Their information is stored on third-party network servers and not on in-house computers. Typically access to these applications is through a standard Web browser, allowing a user to access the information from virtually any location.
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By: Jeffrey Ziplow