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By Andrew Kaczorek, with Jason Stowe It is common for cloud computing articles to talk at length about the abundant hardware resources the cloud can offer the modern researcher or analyst, but little is typically said about the back-end data store available with cloud computing. Before any research in the cloud can take place, data must be staged in a manner that is accessible to your cloud-based compute resources. It becomes non-trivial to perform the staging portion of your cloud use if your data sets are large. The Amazon EC2 cloud provides large quantities of hardware suitable for high-speed, high-throughput scientific computing. Coupled with the AWS storage and Amazon S3 system, it makes a formidable platform for anyone looking to do large-scale, scientific computing on quantities of file-based data. In this article, we'll explore data ingress to EC2 because d... (more)