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For many records and information management (RIM) professionals, cloud computing resembles a traditional hosting service: information storage or applications are outsourced to a third-party provider and accessed by the organization through a network connection. However, the information, applications, and processing power in a cloud infrastructure are distributed across many servers and stored along with other customers' information, separated only by logical isolation mechanisms. This presents both new RIM challenges and benefits.
Date of Publication: Nov.-Dec. 2011