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Leading cloud technology companies in the mining industry  

Cloud computing refers to the provision of IT infrastructure, operating software, middleware, and applications hosted within a data centre and accessed by the end-user via the internet.

Cloud technology has been an important innovation for the mining industry in recent years.  

This is, in part, due to the way in which it has been able to increase efficiency and productivity at remote mine sites.  

This enables users to easily access information in multiple locations, helping to manage equipment more effectively, handle any disputes more efficiently and process documents at a faster rate.

Cloud deals activity in the mining sector

Using our cloud deal tracker for the mining sector, investors and industry leaders can monitor deals involving cloud or similar technologies over the past nine quarters. 

Leaders in cloud technology adoption in mining 

Our sector leader index shows the companies that are currently leading the way with cloud technology adoption in the mining industry.  

Leader lists consider global market share, position in the value chain and ability to react to emerging, disruptive trends.  

Disruptor lists consider funding, strategic partnerships, and the record of accomplishment of the management team.  

Cloud-driven innovation in the mining sector

To best track the emergence and use of cloud in mining, Mining Technology tracks patent filings and grants, as well as companies that hold most patents in the field of cloud. 

Number of patents in cloud in the mining sector: past 20 years 

Cloud patents tracker in the mining sector monitors the patent filings and grants over the past two decades. 

Hiring growth for cloud technology companies in mining 

The proportion of mining industry operations and technologies companies hiring for cloud-related positions rose significantly in March 2022 compared with the equivalent month last year, with 47.8% of the companies included in our analysis recruiting for at least one such position. 

This latest figure was higher than the 27.3% of companies that were hiring for cloud-related jobs a year ago and an increase compared to the figure of 45.7% in February 2022. 

GlobalData’s job analytics database tracks the daily hiring patterns of thousands of companies across the world.  

We draw in jobs as they’re posted, tagging them with additional layers of data.  

This data includes everything from the seniority of each position to whether a job is linked to wider industry trends. 

You can keep track of the latest data from this database as it emerges by visiting our live dashboard here

Cloud computing growth in usage in mining 

Cloud computing’s importance has grown significantly in recent years. It has enabled the use of shared IT infrastructure and services to create a flexible, scalable, and on-demand IT environment.  

Cloud computing provides users with an approach to consuming IT that is significantly more flexible, resource-efficient, and cost-effective compared to traditional IT. 

 The widespread move to homeworking necessitated by Covid-19 would have brought businesses to a grinding halt had investments in cloud technologies not been made over the last ten years.  

That investment now has the potential to transform the way some businesses operate, and Mining Technology brings you all the latest information on cloud computing in mining. 

Cloud computing deployment models for mining companies

Within the mining industry, a range of cloud models is used for deploying and managing enterprise cloud computing environments.  

Some enterprises demand that sensitive, mission-critical apps remain on-premises. Firms can access cloud features through a private cloud while others still may be offloaded to the public cloud.  

Over the past two years, management solutions that support hybrid cloud environments and, increasingly, multi-cloud management have grown in importance. 

Public clouds 

Public clouds are computing services typically associated with leading public cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, which are available over the public internet under a pay-per-usage model.  

Public cloud IaaS solutions include on-demand compute and on-demand storage, in which clients pay for the capacity they use.  

Public cloud solutions are attractive to mining companies and vendors as there is no upfront capital expenditure (CapEx), and providers typically offer very flexible contracting models.  

Unlike private clouds, customers aren’t responsible for the management of public cloud hosting infrastructure where their data is stored. 

Private clouds 

Private clouds are typically designed for the benefit of a single enterprise.  

Private clouds come in different forms and can be distinguished according to where the cloud infrastructure is located such as an enterprise data centre (on-premises) or a service provider or infrastructure vendor’s data centre (off-premises).  

They can also be distinguished according to who manages the cloud environment (for instance, the enterprise end-user, infrastructure vendor, or service provider). 

Community clouds 

A community cloud is a broader version of a private cloud supporting a community that has elements in common such as business model, regulatory environment, or the needs of end-users.  

Examples include industry or vertical clouds (such as the GE Health Cloud), a publishing industry cloud, or a banking regulation cloud. 

Hybrid clouds 

Fresh solutions help enterprises access the benefits of the public cloud, both off-premises and behind enterprise firewalls.  

Public clouds have become a source of IT infrastructure, resources, and capabilities.  

Hybrid cloud solutions are designed to modernise on-premises data centres via access to public cloud services behind the firewall.  

Specific solutions aim to provide integrated access to private and public cloud environments while easing workload migration between both environments. 

Multi-cloud 

Multi-cloud involves the use of two or more cloud platforms and is increasingly common as enterprises make decisions about which platforms to use on a case-by-case basis, according to considerations such as cost, performance, availability, and compliance.  

With hybrid and multi-cloud environments becoming more common, the tools to manage workloads across these environments are progressing. 

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