AWS Cloud Innovation in Science

Cloud Innovation in Science

Innovation has always been the backbone of science as an essential need, but the management of IT operations deterred the innovation progress up until now. However, with the introduction of the cloud, organizations and science personnel can offload IT functionalities to focus on innovation in products and discoveries. A huge number of public clouds are being deployed, and 35% of the application and IT infrastructure workload has already been shifted to the public cloud. Cloud innovation in science is a result of scientists being able to focus resources on expertise and core products rather than accelerating time to market and acquiring cost benefits like the other sectors.

Science is an R&D-driven business and has a huge reliance on its data. Cumbersome and outdated data management strategies, informatics infrastructure, and technology have always stifled the innovation process of science. Cloud solutions offer increased efficiencies for accelerating innovation and driving transformation. Cloud streamlines work, data, research, and development flows and aids in collation, storage, data sharing, data reproducibility, and collaboration among different sciences.

Increased Access to Applications

The licenses for science labs and research centers can be highly expensive. The pay-as-you-go model of the cloud makes it extremely cost-effective for scientific researchers to only use the tools and resources they need when a task arrives that has their requirement. Additionally, by using the infrastructure of cloud providers, researchers can design their own tailor-made and customized applications. Cloud-based Laboratory Information Management Systems is a preset application offered by different vendors along with Chromatography Data Systems and Electronic Lab Notebooks. But, as you can always design your own specialized applications, the entirety of all the sciences can benefit from the cloud through the available tools of all kinds, such as mass spectrometry, electrophysiology, and medical imaging.

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Increased Access to Data and Improved Collaboration

Science is a field that gets fueled with discoveries. Discoveries are complex procedures that require a lot of time and involves several minor breakthroughs. They also require collaboration and work from many different stakeholders, teams, and organizations that are often spread across many different geographies. If these teams are equipped with variable data-sharing technologies and practices, it can be a hindrance to the process. Cloud innovation in science benefits from its instantly accessible, secure, and safe environment. Additionally, the cloud offers instant uploading of experimental data as soon as it gets captured so that the risk of human error is minimized.

By offering uniform working conditions, the cloud decelerates the hindrance of variable laboratory conditions and instruments across multiple locations and saves up to 50 days of R&D scientists every year by moving them away from using Excel and paper notebooks to record data. Another benefit of employing digitized data recording system is instant information accessibility from any corner of the world. The cloud allows real-time communication to take place, accelerating and fueling the transformation and innovation processes in science.

The scientists also do not have to worry about downloading patches as the cloud automatically upgrades and updates itself. The provision of new features and instant fixing of issues, bugs, and problems reduce start-up times, increase ROI, and improve adoption.

Supercomputers Speed Up the Processes of Cloud Innovation in Science

The IaaS component of the cloud has a wild appeal for scientists as they get access to high-performance and efficient computing resources for all their science needs. Big data projects (extremely important in science) are now easy to undertake with the help of cloud innovation in science. Classic computing methods would take a mind-numbing amount of time to analyze and process 100 gigabytes of data of a single whole-genome sequence while cloud-hosted tools, such as CloudBurst and CloudAligner, split the process across backend servers. Huge datasets that are becoming more and more common now and were too unwieldy before the cloud are now simple to process.

The scalability factor of the cloud is also a major utility to scientists. While the Swiss École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne acquired a supercomputer for $18 million, the Broad Institute’s FireCloud is a scalable data analysis platform that can use as much power from the cloud as it wishes and make its workflows of best practices available to all users.

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Enhances Compliance and Regulation

While all sciences are regulated and need to comply with different universal as well as country laws, life sciences are the field of science that is specially bound in this regard. Drug developing firms are required to provide meticulous data for audits. The instruments and methods used to capture the data and the information regarding experiments and research must be readily retrievable and appropriately and adequately documented. The financial penalties are mostly too strict to allow recovery to the firms that fail to comply with these requirements. Failed or protracted audits can also hinder productivity and lead to a complete business failure.

The clouds can be, and are, aligned and streamlined according to most of the regulatory frameworks. Fulfilling regulatory requirements has seen an unprecedented swiftness as the cloud takes specific industry best practices into account. Without the cloud, regulatory issues have a much higher chance to progress without getting noticed and remediated. Cloud applications, on the other hand, can flag compliance problems well before they get embedded and integrated into processes. This way, the cloud serves as a pre-emptive solution as well.

The cloud applications are also architected to allow capturing and storing of the data from disparate teams in one location. This boosts data integrity and increases transparency while reducing the chance of errors. Data breaches can cost millions of dollars, and sufficient incident response procedures and adequate and constant monitoring of data have to be there.

Cloud innovation in science solves many research and development problems and equips the users with resources and information that are directed towards providing them with utility and safety. No matter what sector or industry you operate in, we can provide you with the cloud technology that can help your business stand out and thrive with value addition and bigger ROIs. 

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