Cloud Computing

Definition

As opposed to running computer operations on a local hard drive(s), cloud computing allows a user to take advantage of a network of multiple servers which are usually held en-masse in a separate space either in one location or distributed across a country or the world. Cloud computing is easier to scale than owning local servers and has therefore allowed researchers to increase computing power on an as-needed basis.

Further Resources

Wolke A., Bichler M, Chirigati F, & Steeves V. (2016). Reproducible experiments on dynamic resource allocation in cloud data centers. Information Systems, 59, 98–101. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.is.2015.12.004 .

Von Suchodoletz D, Rechert K., & Valizada I. (2013). Towards Emulation-as-a-Service: Cloud Services for Versatile Digital Object Access. International Journal of Digital Curation, 8(1), 131–142. doi.org/10.2218/ijdc.v8i1.250

Sahoo SS, Jayapandian C, Garg G, Kaffashi F, Chung S, Bozorgi A, … Zhang G-Q. (2014). Heart beats in the cloud: distributed analysis of electrophysiological “Big Data” using cloud computing for epilepsy clinical research. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 21(2), 263–271. doi.org/10.1136/amiajnl-2013-002156

Heath AP, Greenway M, Powell R, Spring J, Suarez R, Hanley D, … Grossman RL. (2014). Bionimbus: a cloud for managing, analyzing and sharing large genomics datasets. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 21(6), 969–975. doi.org/10.1136/amiajnl-2013-002155

Dehmlow M. (2016). Editorial Board Thoughts: The Importance of Staff Change Management in the Face of the Growing “Cloud”. Information Technology & Libraries, 35(1), 3–6.

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