Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.
Here are some things to know about cloud computing:
- Saving documents to the “cloud” is an acceptable format in which to store AACN chapter records.
- Chapter records must be saved for three years.
- Educational records must be saved for four years.
- Chapters also may save their records to flash drives, or as hard copies.
- Currently, the two major sources for cloud computing are Drop Box and Google Drive.
- Both have apps that can be downloaded to a smart phone or tablet, so documents can be accessed from anywhere.
- Both services are free, up to a certain amount of storage used.
- You’ll be required to establish a free email account.
- Be sure that email account is a chapter account rather than an individual account.
- Passwords can be established by the chapter.
- Don’t share them with everyone as that compromises sensitive documents, such as bank statements.
- Once you’ve established a chapter account and password, you can upload files to Drop Box or Google Drive, and share them with others.
For more information on these two services, visit their websites: