It is estimated that there will be more than
28 Billion devices connected to the Cloud by 2020
Cloud Computing, where are we now and where are we going. Cloud Computing is only eight years old and is having a quite a success story. Most trade publications put cloud computing at the leading edge of it next stage which is entering the “essential” phase. Most of the criticisms and concerns expressed during the early stages of Cloud Computing have either been resolved or proven to not have been a problem.
In the past few years applications developers have validated the flexibility and cost effectiveness of using the cloud as a development environment. Without having to deal with the high infrastructure cost (non-recurring) for internal development, developers have been able to develop cost-effective, highly focused web based applications that require little or no upfront costs to the customer. With the lower cost structure afforded by the Cloud this has facilitated the development of applications and services for use in operations and intermediate levels of business and administration.
Society’s embrace of mobile devices has accelerated the desire and demand for web based applications and solutions. Keeping connected to friends and family has lead to the desire to want to stay more connected to service providers (airports, airlines, retail, etc.) to remain better informed. Mobile devices can be even more useful when the real power resides in the sky providing almost unlimited access.
Why buy hardware when you can buy the computing and processing you need by the month. Federal agencies such as the CIA and others are also moving to the more secure and cost effective Cloud Computing model. The scalability of the cloud business model facilitates timely expansion when more capability is needed and returning or reducing capacity when it is not needed. This provides an affordable cost structure for users.
Aircraft Data Fusion began its migration to Cloud Computing in 2010. All mobile applications that previously resided on the mobile device were transferred to the Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Platform. Since that time all new and partner software applications and services have been developed, hosted and delivered from the Cloud. This also permits Aircraft Data Fusion to store and analyze large volumes of data for the customer.
A driving force for inexpensive data storage and processing is being driven by the massive increase of sensor data. Much of this data is being collected from devices that are acquired for unrelated uses but have valuable data points for other applications. As the data from multiple sensors and sources are fused and processed, it becomes an extremely rich source of data for applications and services that could not have been previously envisioned. Cloud computing is going to be the back bone for managing this explosion in sensor data.
With the large amounts of sensor data being collected, developers are getting closer and closer to providing the status of operations in real-time. Combined with historical data and algorithms designed to track trends, this will create accurate forecasts that can be made to identify and alert the onset of irregular operations and guide corrective actions to mitigate impact.
Moving forward, data collection, analysis and the intelligence gained from it will be the differentiator of many businesses. Business models will be restructured to take advantage of real-time information to measure performance and create opportunity. Inexpensive data storage, processing and business analytics is becoming a rapid growth field for cloud computing service providers.