Regarding security compliance issues and legal liability, I want to point you to an audiocast I recently did with Peter Adler, Chief Privacy and Cybersecurity Legal Compliance Officer at SRA International. You can listen to it here. It's aimed at SMBs, but there's a section where we talk about cloud.
I agree with Jason that security "might" not be an issue for the general engineering company outside of those industries that he mentioned. However, I would add that even in the general area, larger companies tend to have / want their own policies and procedures which may cause some difficulties in integration.
On a related issue, I would also like to see how the law is going to evolve with respect to data maintenance and responsibility. As is always the case, technology is way ahead of the courts and their may be some interesting issues coming with respect to that.
Well, for the general company I can agree with you Rob. The problem is that once you talk about Areospace and big companies like the automotive arena, security issues become a bigger issue.
Another area that requires high security for data is the Cell Phone industry, more specifically the chip makers that supply the industry. I cannot think of any one amplifier company, for example, that does not have a proprietary design method that they would not like to get out into the realm of common knowledge. And until a chip design is finalized and put to market, the R&D is a closely guarded secret. These simulations and data analysis are areas where the security over the data is scrutinized with a fine tooth comb, and any security issue or possible threat is looked at very closely.
I would suspect that companies like Sony, Nintendo, and others are likely to have the same concerns as well albiet on a different level.
In theory, any cloud compute offering should support HPC capability, because the computing resources (mips) are easily scalable, as long as the user is willing to pay for the added cycles. So it's really more about marketing -- targeting the offering to HPC users, as you're written -- as well as supporting the OSes HPC apps are likely to run under, which in this case (Power 7) means IBM Unix and Linux, and in many other cases might mean Microsoft Windows HPC Server.
I think you are right on that point, but getting companies to recognize it is the continuing challenge around the cloud model. But absolutely, IBM data centers, or HP data centers, or any of the large companies definitely have it over most organizations in terms of the levels of resiliency, disaster recovery, and security they can deliver in a cloud model.
You mention that IBM's cloud offering raises security issues. Concerns about security in the cloud may be changing. I would think IBM's cloud security operates at a higher level than most of their customers' security systems.
HPC compute power has been out of reach for many engineering organizations, maybe with the exception of aerospace and defense and in some cases, automotive. With cloud-based services like this one and others, are HPC capabilities more within reach? If so, how might your company benefit from this type of resource?
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