How the energy sector could get it wrong with cloud computing

Perrons, Robert K. (2015) How the energy sector could get it wrong with cloud computing. Energy Exploration & Exploitation, 33(2), pp. 217-226.

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Cloud computing has significantly impacted a broad range of industries, but these technologies and services have been absorbed throughout the marketplace unevenly. Some industries have moved aggressively towards cloud computing, while others have moved much more slowly. For the most part, the energy sector has approached cloud computing in a measured and cautious way, with progress often in the form of private cloud solutions rather than public ones, or hybridized information technology systems that combine cloud and existing non-cloud architectures. By moving towards cloud computing in a very slow and tentative way, however, the energy industry may prevent itself from reaping the full benefit that a more complete migration to the public cloud has brought about in several other industries. This short communication is accordingly intended to offer a high-level overview of cloud computing, and to put forward the argument that the energy sector should make a more complete migration to the public cloud in order to unlock the major system-wide efficiencies that cloud computing can provide. Also, assets within the energy sector should be designed with as much modularity and flexibility as possible so that they are not locked out of cloud-friendly options in the future.

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ID Code: 84340
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Cloud Computing, Energy Industry, Public Cloud
DOI: 10.1260/0144-5987.33.2.217
ISSN: 0144-5987
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Multi-Science Publishing
Deposited On: 20 May 2015 03:11
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2015 05:33

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