Nebulous ‘cloud computing’ term baffles most Americans
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Nebulous ‘cloud computing’ term baffles most Americans

Geeks like us hear the phrases “cloud computing” virtually day-after-day, utilizing it ourselves to elucidate a number of various online-based providers.

However how do of us within the heartland or different much less tech-savvy locations really feel about cloud computing? Effectively, there’s nonetheless a methods to go when it comes to greedy the idea, if a brand new survey commissioned by Citrix is to be believed.

The national survey discovered {that a} majority of Americans — 54 p.c — declare to by no means use cloud computing. Nevertheless, 95 p.c of that group truly did use a cloud-based service corresponding to on-line banking, buying, social networking or storing digital media.

In the meantime, a majority of 1,006 respondents thought cloud computing was related to the climate, and that stormy climate might intervene with cloud computing. (Really, that’s not too far-fetched given the power outages at’s Virginia data center back in June, they might have a cause to consider this).

“These survey responses present there’s a important disconnect between what Americans know, what they faux to know, and what they really do on the subject of cloud computing,” the examine mentioned.

Our media accomplice, KING 5, took the outcomes of the survey to the streets and requested Seattle residents what they consider cloud computing.

“I suppose I really feel like I’m nonetheless in a cloud if you happen to’re speaking a few cloud with a pc,” Deb Clark advised KING 5.   “I don’t know what the cloud is.” (They clearly weren’t asking individuals close to South Lake Union,’s HQ, or Redmond, dwelling to Microsoft).

Joe Fryer’s full report here, which additionally contains interviews with’s Shauna Causey and College of Washington pc science professor Invoice Howe.

Hat tip to our media accomplice KING 5.

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