Cloud computing has become ubiquitous over the last ten years. Often, we barely even notice that we are using it to instantly move data and applications back and forth through the web. Like many workplaces, laboratories are increasingly looking to take advantage of cloud computing as a way to save time and resources, and as a cost-effective option to implement enterprise laboratory solutions.
By integrating cloud computing into all aspects of the scientific workflow, laboratories can harness the increased data security and improved performance delivered by the cloud. Cloud services enable laboratories to remotely access data, permitting scientists to view and process data sets outside the laboratory. A major benefit of cloud computing is that resources can be scaled-up or down, easily and quickly, meaning it can be applied to the small single-site laboratories with minimal or no IT support to multi-site, multi-lab global corporations.
But, how do laboratories integrate cloud systems into their pre-existing systems? Here, we discuss the challenges and benefits of operating in the cloud, focusing on how this model ensures data security and compliance, creating a flexible and scalable resource for all laboratories.
A nebular network of the Internet of Things (IoT)
Cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing resources over the Internet. Applications and data are hosted on centralized virtual servers in a cloud data center and accessed via an Internet connection. Usually, both the hardware and software required are delivered as small monthly payments, and only paying for what is used. Different pricing models allow you to make savings over on-demand services, and it is possible to commit to an amount of compute over one or three years and pay a portion of the costs or all the costs upfront maximizing savings.
Cloud computing has moved far beyond uploading photos and documents into storage systems and is more about connecting everyday objects into IoT. Smart fridges, analytical machines, thermostats and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems; all are examples of instruments that are connected to the Internet for remote control and monitoring from personal…