Aerospace Meets Cloud Computing
Aerospace is the rare occasion where the phrase ‘it’s not rocket science’ doesn’t apply! Between R&D and manufacturing, there are quite literally a lot of moving parts. Throw in budgets that start in the billions, and the risk of inconsistent or inaccurate data flow has exponentially more impact. That’s to say nothing of the compliance challenges that arise with government work and contracts, where adaptability is key to staying above board. Fortunately, cloud computing works in the same fashion as aerospace, as both represent a system of components assembled to make the most efficient engine possible.
This blog extends to space flight pioneers and reliable suppliers looking for a more stable platform from which to launch. If you’d rather speak to a FogOps Expert about how cloud computing can help your aerospace program directly, follow this link to reach out.
Benefits of Using The Cloud For Aerospace
The following list expresses the benefits of cloud computing that are specific to the aerospace industry:
- Collaboration Beyond Borders – The cloud empowers collaboration that would otherwise be very difficult with just an on-site setup. It takes those brilliant engineers, mathematicians, and builders and allows them to look at the same spec sheet from across oceans in real time. Beyond this convenience–which could be attained by most video conferencing software–cloud infrastructure provides the assurance of accuracy and security not provided by straightforward connections.
- Flexible Enough for All Operations – Cloud computing is centralized and decentralized when you need it to be. This means that setups like AWS are flexible enough to maintain constant asset availability across a dozen different time zones at once, but also private enough to keep the deepest secrets offline and localized. Built-in features like identity-access-management (IAM) and DevSecOps insert access control at each step, and it’s much simpler to apply company-wide limitations if each node is managed by the same dashboard by an expert.
- Scalability for Operational Expansion – Cloud infrastructure provides an ideal fit for aerospace manufacturers whose main goal is expansion. This applies the foundational infrastructure necessary for the day-to-day operations, but also the scalability required to stay solvent once you’ve reached capacity. The latter point is one of the main draws of cloud computing, in fact. The ‘E’ in Amazon EC2 stands for “elastic”, a term used to describe how well a business system stretches in either direction before problems occur.
- Cost Cutting and Saving – The cloud not only offers straightforward ways to scale more easily, it facilitates a direct ROI by cutting costs, since virtual expansion is always less expensive than the physical alternative. Further, cloud-based systems support supply chains with more standardized practices and time-saving measures that free up creative minds to explore ways to build better mousetraps.
How Do I Start With the Cloud For Aerospace?
Amazon Web Services has an impressive offering of aerospace and satellite-related cloud services. Managed services are the best way to bridge the expertise gap for companies with an in-house IT department without cloud specialists. It’s also a good solution for startup companies that were formed around an idea, who want to corner the market before word gets out about their secret weapon.
Foghorn Consulting is such an agency, with the hands-on knowledge to future-proof your operation. Visit our Cloud Aerospace page to find out more about this specific service, or contact an expert using the link below.