Wednesday, November 30, 2011 11:39:14 AM
The cloud computing industry continues to exceed expectations and projections from experts, burgeoning at an exponential pace and showing no signs of slowing. Forbes recently published an article explaining that executives are likely still under-educated on the technology, but are still deploying cloud computing services at an increasingly rapid pace.
According to the source, the use of cloud computing in other technological advances has bolstered the industry, even though many do not fully understand the specifications, requirements and capabilities of it. Many of these initial uses of the cloud have proven successful, including one from a high-profile organization made public earlier this year.
Last winter, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory explained that it had been using cloud computing services to make many of its groundbreaking advances in space research, and that many of these operations would not have been possible, both financially and functionally, without the cloud.
Government Computer News reported on the topic, stating that the IT leaders of the JPL were confident in the security of the highly-sensitive data the lab handles, and pleased with the cost and time reductions the cloud offered.
One example was an imaging mission of a satellite and unmanned rover that aimed to capture and analyze tens of thousands of pictures of the solar system. Officials stated the cloud drastically reduced the amount of time it took to complete the analysis, and the decrease of expenditure on the project. Additionally, hosting that massive amount of data in the necessary fashion was only possible through cloud computing platforms.
"We have validated that it can be secured, if you do it right, and it can certainly save a lot of time and money," JPL's IT chief technology officer Thomas Soderstrom told GCN. "I'll probably be hung for this, but I really believe the cloud can be more secure than what we do today."
Forbes additionally cited the impact IT departments and personnel have had on the expansion of the cloud computing industry, as many have been avid proponents of deployment within their own organizations. The news provider cites a survey from Independent Oracle Users Group of more than 250 businesses that found a correlation between cloud adoption and increased responsibilities of IT personnel.
Because of the novelty of the technology, IT departments are paramount in the successful deployment and customization of cloud services within any given enterprise. Though data center specialist employment is expected to decrease along with the expanding cloud industry, IT professionals will continue to be an important part of business.
-McAfee Cloud Security