Massive Data and the Cloud: A Revolution in Intelligence Analysis
Cloud Computing offers a very important approach to achieving lasting strategic advantages by rapidly adapting to complex challenges in IT management and data analytics. This paper discusses the business impact and analytic transformation opportunities of cloud computing. Moreover, it highlights the differences among two cloud architectures - Utility Clouds and Data Clouds - with illustrative examples of how Data Clouds are shaping new advances in Intelligence Analysis. Until the advent of the Information Age, the process of Intelligence Analysis was one of obtaining and combining sparse and often denied data to derive intelligence. Analysis needs were well-understood, with consistent enemies and smooth data growth patterns.