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Pipette Shaped Clouds

Published March 4, 2013 11:16 AM by Eleanor Wolfram
During my leisure time, I love gazing up at clouds. It is fun to deciphering shapes resembling faces, foods and even lab equipment among cloud formations. As scientists we know that nature is full of interesting things that are delightful to observe.

Sitting on Cloud 9
As of late, I have been watching another type of cloud development which is a work-related cloud. These clouds are made up of electronic information technological (IT) components, otherwise known as "cloud computing."  My non-leisure time is spent on studying up on the benefits of this new IT approach, which promises not to be a floating fad.

I'm into this new methodology, because reportedly cloud computing will allow me to swiftly access synchronized information from a variety of devices, including my desktop PC, laptop, tablet and SmartPhone.

Microsoft Floats
Being familiar with Mother Nature's clouds, I thought how inventive for IT programmers name their new venture "cloud computing." I understand that the name comes from the cloud-shaped symbol displaying the infrastructure of the networking systems services for the user, the data, the hardware, software and computation. Microsoft and other service providers, such as, Amazon and Google currently offer the necessary cloud infrastructures.

Cash Pie in Sky
The greatest benefits of cloud computing for the healthcare industry are that the headaches of dually managing hardware and software will be eliminated. Other savings include decreased resources for IT operations, maintenance and hardware and software. In addition, cloud computing should eliminate paying for unused applications and services in that you may not need to use.

With budgetary constraints being an ongoing hot topic within healthcare institutions, early assessment states that cloud computing will save institutions money. A massive amount of money is projected to be saved from cloud computing that can hopefully be applied to other laboratory resources, such as additional employees and state of the art lab equipment.

posted by Eleanor Wolfram


Thank you for this interesting topic. The idea of cloud computing when applied to laboratory information systems is exciting and potentially scary. Regulations would have to be put in place to guarantee confidentiality for end users. Control over user fees and promises of air tight security by the cloud providers would be essential. If that were possible, then the information sharing between sites within hospital corporations or even regions would be possible at a manageable cost.

Elaine , Biochemistry - MLT, Lakeridge Health Corp March 11, 2013 6:36 PM

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