Partly to Mostly Cloudy: The Forecast for Legal Technology

By Steven J. Best

Cloud computing is a rather vague term that covers several concepts. Within the scope of legal technology, it most often refers to software as a service (SaaS), but it is not limited to the SaaS definition below. (There are a ridiculous number of definitions of SaaS.) It also may refer to infrastructure or desktop as a service. One thing that is perfectly clear about cloud computing is that nothing actually happens in the clouds. No computerized processing occurs in the stratosphere. Cloud computing merely means that the server hosting the “system” is not in your physical office, and you are completely dependent on a good, solid Internet connection to access that system via a variety of modern Internet connection models.

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