Today, homeowners can use cloud computing
to store music, photos, videos and other files
in a remote, secure place. If the hard drive on
their home computers fails, the information
stored in the cloud will not be compromised.
Beyond common applications in the home, you are
beginning to see more prevalent use of cloud
computing in everyday business operations.
For example, commercial airlines already are
beginning to replace their data centers with
cloud computing, which is saving them millions
of dollars in capital and maintenance costs.
GE’s program with NASA will identify
opportunities within ATM that can benefit from
Liling Ren, electrical engineer and project
leader from GE Global Research, “Cloud computing
has the potential to fundamentally change how
air traffic management operates today. With the
transition to it, airlines, pilots, and air
traffic controllers will be able to achieve
increased information exchange, sharing of
decision support automation capabilities that
tell them more accurately and reliably about a
plane’s current position and future flight path.
This will enable them to improve traffic flow
and plan more preferable routes and altitudes,
which ultimately means more predictable and
efficient travel that is on-time for