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Skies not yet clear for


scientific cloud computing


Big data and cloud computing are thriving in commerce and business, but scientific and


engineering applications appear to be lagging


behind, Tom Wilkie discovers


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olitics, in the form of inconsistent national data protection laws, and commerce, via the licensing policies of independent soſtware vendors


(ISVs) are inhibiting the uptake and use of cloud services in science and engineering, the ISC Cloud and Big Data conference in Frankfurt was told in September. Te advent of the cloud may pose as


monumental a challenge to ISVs’ traditional way of doing business as the science publishing industry has had to face when researchers moved away from reading subscription-based journals to demanding


pay-per-view access to individual papers in the scientific literature. Indeed, the analogy can be pushed further, with open source soſtware potentially being as threatening to ISVs as open access publishing is to the great science publishing houses. (It is not an easy transition for the science publishing industry, as chronicled by the up-to-date reports and comment in our sister publication, Research Information.) In business and commercial computing,


momentum towards cloud and big data has already built up to the point where it is unstoppable. In technical computing, the


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