[Koha] Cloud-based Koha vs locally hosted Koha

Chris Cormack chrisc at catalyst.net.nz
Wed Dec 10 07:24:46 NZDT 2014

Hi all 
I agree with Brooke, the cloud is just someone else's computer. With all the advantages and disadvantages that brings. 


On 10 December 2014 7:06:37 am NZDT, BWS Johnson <abesottedphoenix at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> I have a question about installation of Koha.
>> Relative to hosting Koha in the cloud as opposed to on our own local
>> servers on our domain (which I assume most people do), what is the
>> about the ease of installing and updating if it is hosted
>> versus on our own servers?
>As long as you have access to the command line and can update and
>change things at will, then there is no difference between the cloud
>and a physical local server. That latter bit seems to be a big problem
>with a lot of companies, though. So choose a service provider with
>great care and after a lot of testing. You not only needs be able to
>update Koha, but all of Koha's dependencies as well.
>> Are there any security issues I should be concerned about in either
>The only difference I can spot might actually weigh as a positive in
>favour of cloud based service. When you have a physical server and
>suffer a local catastrophe, such as an earthquake, fire, sinkhole, et
>cetera, there goes your data. If you found a cloud based service that
>allows you to maintain things routinely, there shouldn't be any
>difference. You're trusting someone else when you select a hosted
>service, but this would be the same trust you would put in a normal
>vendor in most cases, anyway. If you hire a new employee for your
>building and give them a set of keys, you're taking a security risk,
>too, but in both cases that risk ought be calculated.
>Security issues in general are shared over a specific listserv that's
>populated by trusted Community members. Bugs on that list are fixed
>with extreme prejudice.
>My final note is to consider if you're going to actually *need* the
>data that you collect and keep. A certain naughty Library that shall
>remain nameless used to keep the Social Security Numbers of all of
>their Patrons in a note field on a non Koha system that would literally
>pop up *every* time someone checked out.
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