One of the most significant trends in technology is the growing acceptance of cloud computing. Cloud computing is the on-demand network access to a shared pool of computing resources which can be rapidly deployed or contracted.  Many companies are using the cloud computing model to offer their proprietary software as a service (SaaS) which can be licensed on a monthly basis through Internet connections. Other companies are using cloud computing to supplement or replace their in-house storage platform. The use of platform as a service (PaaS) can save companies expense while making storage capacity more flexible.  Major companies are now offering PaaS including Amazon, Rackspace, IBM and Microsoft.

On June 27, 2011, the Practicing Law Institute will be offering a one day seminar devoted to Cloud Computing in San Francisco.  The seminar will also be webcast and accessible at any location.  Baker Hostetler partner Peter Brown is the Co-Chair of the program.  He will also be part of a panel discussion on “Cloud Vender Agreements: Key Considerations.”  In addition, Baker Hostetler partner Fernando Bohorquez will be presenting on the subject of  “Cloud E-Discovery: It Just Isn’t So Clear.”  Further information about this PLI program can be found at