Saving DNA data to the Cloud? Businesses like Google and Amazon badly want your business.
In recent years, Cloud computing has become a growing method among business owners to save and work on documents in a secure environment. While any kind of file, image, or document type can be saved to the Cloud, there is one in particular that is recently garnering a lot of attention. This is the storage of Human DNA in a Cloud-based environment.
Scientists and researchers have begun saving hundreds of DNA samples to the Cloud. The benefit to this is that now entire Human Genomes, which refers to an individual’s complete genetic material found in almost every cell in the human body, can be stored, studied, and tested in a quick and systematic way. What used to take scientists months to analyze now takes no time at all.
But, why the sudden interest in DNA data storage?
The primary reason comes from the medical industry. Pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers make up a large portion of businesses that use and study DNA data. They use the DNA to search for medical breakthroughs in areas like Autism and Alzheimer’s, and in the development of personalized medicines which are adapted from an individual’s genetic code. The industry is currently growing and is expected to be worth $1 billion/ year by 2018.
As a result, Google and Amazon developed Cloud computing platforms: Google Genomics and Amazon Web Services, respectively, to store the DNA data. Their systems are equipped with some of the features that govern Cloud computing.
Security – Both Google and Amazon provide heightened security for the data they are storing in order to protect its integrity. Most Cloud computing platforms are equipped with state of the art security in order to protect the data it houses.
Access From Anywhere – Moving data to the Cloud allows it to be accessed from anywhere at any time through a variety of devices (ex. Macs, PC’s, Tablets, Chromebooks, etc.) With DNA data stored in the Cloud by Google and Amazon, scientists and researchers are able to easily access their data with little to no problem.
Allows For Growth – Using a Cloud-based platform will allow your business to grow without being encumbered by expensive hardware upgrades. It also allows for a full customized environment that meets the needs of a particular company. For researchers and scientists using either Google Genomics or Amazon Web Services, they will be able to grow their businesses and keep their data safe. With the continued growth of personalized medicine, this will be a huge benefit.
Variety of Different Tools – Cloud computing has allowed businesses to fully integrate components such as Email and Microsoft Office. Those who place their data in the Cloud have the ability to fully virtualize their systems effectively eliminating technology obsolescence concerns. Google and Amazon also offer perks on their Cloud platforms. Both services offer a range of analytical tools that are designed to search for promising DNA segments that could lead to the creation of a new drug or therapy. They also provide free hosting of the genetic data to companies who use the service.
As you can see, the benefits of Cloud computing are enormous, it is just one direction that technology and business owners are adapting to in recent years. In terms of Google and Amazon, their recent foray into DNA data storage shows just highlights the versatility of Cloud computing.
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Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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