How Boeing is using the cloud

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

There's a lot of talk about the cloud, but how are businesses really using it? This week at Interop, Boeing's chief cloud strategist, David Nelson, outlined a couple of ways the aircraft manufacturer is not only using the public cloud, but combining that that with on-premises virtualized workloads to create a hybrid environment. The results are applications that Nelson says run more efficiently, are less expensive and serve the needs of Boeing better than if the company had done it all in-house.

Nelson first described an application the company has developed that tracks all of the flight paths that planes take around the world. Boeing's sales staff uses it to help sell aircraft showing how a newer, faster one could improve operations. The app incorporates both historical and real-time data, which means there are some heavy workloads...

"There's lots of detail and analysis," he says. It takes a "boatload" of processing power to collect the data, analyze it, render it and put it into a presentable fashion...

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