Transitioning to use of cloud services is becoming commonplace in higher education, but this trend has not been fully tested for research computing. Research computing involves unique needs and issues, including long-term use and manipulation of data, sensitive data, restricted-use data, and network performance. This working group paper explores what research computing services are currently available in the cloud, which services will be feasible in the cloud, and what services are not ready. It touches on the roles we play with data providers and cloud vendors and the realistic capabilities, benefits, and drawbacks of the cloud for research computing.
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