Many research fields are extremely resource-hungry in terms of IT. The cloud offers them virtually unlimited resources.
From natural sciences to humanities, all subjects take advantage of the opportunities offered by information technology. They need to digitise, analyse and store data. All too often, a single computer is not powerful enough to cope with these tasks. Large-scale infrastructures are set up specifically to process scientific data. The blessing of IT becomes a burden in the sense that these infrastructures have to be operated and maintained. They soon reach the end of their useful life and need to be replaced. Researchers have to spend more and more time on IT as a means to an end rather than devoting themselves to that same end, namely their research work. Cloud computing offers solutions in this respect in the form of processing power and storage space.