March 05, 2012
A new IDC study predicts that cloud computing is on track to create approximately 14 million jobs globally from 2011 to 2015. According to the Microsoft-sponsored report, the cloud-based IT trend could generate an additional $1.1 trillion a year in business revenue.
"Enterprises that embrace cloud computing reduce the amount of IT time and budget devoted to legacy systems and routine upgrades, which then increases the time and budget they have for more innovative projects," explains John Gantz, senior vice president at IDC and author of the white paper.
To put it another way: "When IT innovation happens, business innovation is reached, which then supports job creation," says Gantz.
IDC analysts examined spending trends for public and private IT cloud services in more than 40 countries and then used this data to extrapolate job creation figures.
"The cloud is going to have a huge impact on job creation," notes Susan Hauser, Microsoft corporate vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise and Partner Group. "It's a transformative technology that will drive down costs, spur innovation, and open up new jobs and skillsets across the globe."
Much of the early growth in cloud-related IT has taken place in the US, which was responsible for 62 percent of worldwide spending in public IT cloud services in 2011. As the cloud space matures, other countries will experience similar growth spurts, especially so-called emerging economies. In the 2011-2015 timeframe, China and India are expected to account for about half of all new cloud-related jobs, according to IDC.
The report forecasts that cloud-related jobs will accrue to small businesses (with 500 or fewer employees) and large business businesses (with over 500 employees) equally. While small to medium-sized businesses have traditionally been slower to adopt computer technology, they are ahead of the curve when it comes to engaging cloud services. More than one-third of the coming jobs will come from three industries: communications and media (2.4 million), banking (1.4 million), and discrete manufacturing (1.3 million). The banking and finance sectors will likely be slower to adopt public cloud solutions due to security mandates, but that does not rule out a private or hybrid approach.
Research like this suggests that cloud-based IT may be entering a new stage in its evolution. The co-founder and CEO of Vorsite, a Microsoft Tier 3 Cloud Champion Member, Aaron Nettles says he's planning to double the size of his workforce this year. He reports: "Customers are no longer asking, 'Is the cloud right?' but 'When can we get it deployed?'"
The ever-growing complexity of scientific and engineering problems continues to pose new computational challenges. Thus, we present a novel federation model that enables end-users with the ability to aggregate heterogeneous resource scale problems. The feasibility of this federation model has been proven, in the context of the UberCloud HPC Experiment, by gathering the most comprehensive information to date on the effects of pillars on microfluid channel flow.
Large-scale, worldwide scientific initiatives rely on some cloud-based system to both coordinate efforts and manage computational efforts at peak times that cannot be contained within the combined in-house HPC resources. Last week at Google I/O, Brookhaven National Lab’s Sergey Panitkin discussed the role of the Google Compute Engine in providing computational support to ATLAS, a detector of high-energy particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Frank Ding, engineering analysis & technical computing manager at Simpson Strong-Tie, discussed the advantages of utilizing the cloud for occasional scientific computing, identified the obstacles to doing so, and proposed workarounds to some of those obstacles.
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