Data Management

The Cost of Cloud Based Scientific Data Sharing

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Executive Summary

Today with the increasing popularity of interdisciplinary study and collaborative research, sharing scientific data between research institutes is crucial. Meanwhile, as cloud storage is maturing and becoming an important alternative for on-premise storage, it is reasonable to anticipate that data sharing using cloud will become promising in the near future. However, the financial impacts of this newly emerging capability have not been greatly studied. In this paper, the authors provide an analytical model to quantify the cost and compare it with traditional on-premise storage.

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