LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 8 May, 2012 – The IEEE Computer Society hosted a group of Chinese government and industry leaders to share resources on cloud computing, a strategic technology for both China and the IEEE Computer Society.
Cloud computing teleconThe contingent of 18 technology executives, researchers, and engineers represented a variety of government offices, including the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology; the Electronic Technology Information Research Institute; the China Electronic Product Reliability and Environmental Testing Research Institute; and various provincial administrations; and the private Beijing-based China Electronics Technology Group Corp.
Irena Bojanova, IEEE Computer Society Cloud Computing chair, outlined cloud computing solutions such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure, and discussed how cloud computing can assist enterprises in accomplishing their goals, including controlling energy and operational costs, dealing with server sprawl, and addressing the heightened need for support amid increasing complexity.
Cloud Computing is one of five Future Technologies Strategies identified in the IEEE Computer Society's 2012-2014 Strategic Plan. The others are: Smart Grids, Life Sciences, Future Processing Technologies, and Machine Learning. As Cloud Computing chair, Bojanova, a professor at University of Maryland University College, will help define and formulate cloud computing concepts for IEEEE and formulate a framework architecture, as well as provide technical guidance and recruit experts.
The IEEE Computer Society produces a wealth of cloud computing knowledge resources, said Director of Products & Services Evan Butterfield in his presentation to the group. Five IEEE Computer Society magazines—Computer, IEEE Security & Privacy, IEEE Internet Computing, IT Pro, and IEEE Computing in Science and Engineering—and one journal—IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, cover the field.
In addition, the Computer Society sponsors six international conferences dedicated to cloud computing and a Special Technical Committee (STC) on cloud computing. In 2013, a new magazine called IEEE Cloud Computing and a journal called IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing will be launched.
In 2010, China's government designated cloud computing as one of the seven Strategic Emerging Industries for the country's 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015). China's cloud computing market is poised to demonstrate 77.5 percent growth during that period, with ERP and CRM attaining greater popularity with wider availability among all cloud applications.
The market is being driven by the desire for cost reduction, widespread Internet adoption, rising smartphone usage, and innovation. However, its growth could be challenged by the lack of expertise and knowledge among IT executives, and data security concerns, according to analysts.