Cloud computing generally refers to the on-demand availability of resources without direct active management of or contact with these resources by the user. This refers to data centres available to users on the internet. A product of Information Technology, cloud computing has emerged as an exciting paradigm that offers a range of computing and services to users. The benefits of cloud computing has made its application sought in the area of biology.
The availability of large bio-datasets, the use of these, and the hardware for computational resources makes cloud biology an attractive test case for cloud computing. Cloud biology aims to encourage the availability and dissemination of high quality research in the field of biology, as well as showcase the recent developments in the field of biology for the benefit of (remote) users who might need these.
Benefits of Cloud Biology
Easy access to information:with a large database of biological information available and accessible on the internet, many who need these now have access to these. That, without the need to travel to places and/or spend money, time and resources in a bid to acquire these.
Save time and resources:asides saving time and resources spent in trying to acquire this information the traditional way, the availability of biological data sets on the internet means researchers now have better access to researches that have been done in certain areas in the field. That way, they better understand what research has been done instead of replicating this due to lack of access to this information.
Encourage research:with a pool of resources in one space comes an understanding of what work has been done and what area has been (largely) untouched. This understanding can then spur researchers on to carry out research in the identified gap areas.