Today in Cloud

Brewster Kahle spoke in the same session as me at an event near Amsterdam today. In amongst a number of interesting points, Kahle mentioned in passing that the Internet Archive offers cloud storage services to public institutions, with contributions of around $2,000 ‘endowing’ a terabyte of storage in perpetuity. This is an intriguing model, and cautious archives, libraries and museums may be happier to trust Kahle than strictly commercial providers. Does this relatively safe and straightforward first step make it easier or harder for those institutions to subsequently adopt mainstream services, and might they bring pressure to bear on the Archive to offer a fuller range of cloud services that compete more directly with Amazon et al?