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How Cloud Computing Can Help in Engineering, by Debbie Fletcher

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Debbie Fletcher
Published
February 17, 2014
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Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing forms of computing in engineering, taking advantage of the boundless limits of the internet to offer almost infinite memory to users. This article considers the reasons for the boom in cloud computing and how the form of computing can help in engineering.

Should You Switch?
Despite the advantages of cloud computing, changing from hosted- or on-premises computing can involve a great deal of upheaval. To ensure that a company is doing the right thing in switching, it can help to refer to experts in the field. The information on websites such as
www.mclarensoftware.com can help a business to decide if cloud computing is for them.

Advantages of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing can offer an engineering company a number of advantages, both specific to engineering and general to business. One specific advantage for an engineering company is that cloud computing
allows engineers to access data anywhere, provided they have an internet connection. This means that they can refer to a database whether they are at home or working in the field.

With the traditional system of computing, the sharing of data internationally can require a great deal of back-and-forth file sharing. However, cloud computing makes it easier for international collaboration. Should an engineer be working away from the office in another time zone, she or he needs to access one central location only on the company’s cloud to access the data, increasing efficiency.

In engineering, a company often has a great deal of data, which requires storing.
The ability to store and keep all of this data can be limited when using physical memory. However, the almost limitless size of the space available on the internet means that cloud computing lends itself perfectly to engineering, helping to make it much easier to store large amounts of data.

With traditional computing, the large amounts of data saved by engineering companies can be vulnerable to large-scale data loss that can happen should physical-memory devices malfunction. Although data recovery is possible, the process can be very long-winded. With cloud computing, not only is the potential for large-scale data loss hugely reduced, the recovery process is also much faster. Research from The Aberdeen Group found that companies using cloud computing were able to recover data some four times faster than those companies not yet using the system.

On a more general note, cloud computing offers the user greater flexibility. Should a larger-than-normal bandwidth be required for a certain project, the on-demand nature of cloud technology means that cloud computing can quickly react to this need. This helps business to respond more quickly to external demands. Cloud computing is also one of the more environmentally friendly forms of computing in existence. There is no need to print paper copies of data while cloud computing uses 30% less energy consumption than systems that require the use of onsite servers.

' Debbie Fletcher is an enthusiastic, experienced writer who has written for a range of difference magazines and news publications. Follow her here: @Debbie_Fletch18'