Scientists comb through mountains of data each day while researching. Cloud computing has the ability to change scientific research in ways we can’t even comprehend.
Scientific Research-If you’ve got a smartphone, the chances are high that you’ve got at least one cloud account to store your pictures and videos. Even if you didn’t sign up for one, most smart devices come with an account included in their software.
Cloud computing isn’t just changing how we store and share our pictures — it’s also having an impact on scientific research. How is cloud storage impacting science and what changes can we expect to see in the future?
Current tools can generate gigabytes or terabytes of data, leaving human researchers scrambling to find places to store it.
A hard drive farm big enough to save that much data would take up most of a room. Cloud computing removes the need for on-site hard-drives, creating more room for experiments or equipment.
If researchers pair the collected data with machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence, they could potentially get even more out of it. These programs analyze the data for patterns that would take human researchers weeks or months to find on their own.
Cutting Costs as the Market Grows
The cloud computing market is exploding. In 2008, the industry was only worth $46 billion. In 2012, that number tripled to $150 billion, with roughly 72 percent of businesses making the switch to cloud computing.
While you do have to pay for cloud storage for anything above 1 gigabyte, in most cases, it ends up being more cost effective to use the cloud than for each lab to purchase and maintain their on-site hard drives.
It can also help them make discoveries faster — according to experts, utilizing cloud computing and parallel processing, researchers can get the answers that they’re looking for 1000 times fasterthan by relying on in-house hardware.
Communication and Collaboration
Perhaps one of the most exciting applications of cloud computing in scientific research is the potential for communication and collaboration between research teams.