Cloudy with a chance of rain

According to a recent survey by Citrix*, many Americans appear to be utterly confused by cloud computing. While the cloud phenomenon is clearly taking root in our mainstream culture, there is still a wide gap between the perceptions and realities of cloud computing. While many use it, few understand it: 95% of people surveyed claimed they have never used the cloud, 22% admit that they have pretended to know what the cloud is or how it works. Nearly one third see the cloud as a thing of the future, yet 97% are actually using cloud services today via social networking, email, file sharing, banking and online shopping.

But the big stat is: 51% of respondents, including a majority of Millennials, believe stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing.

* FYI, Citrix is a software company that specialises in virtualisation, networking and cloud technologies, so you can see the potential angle of this survey; plus it was a relatively small sample size (c.1000).

3 thoughts

  1. To be fair, it can: if you’re using WAN or microwave links, the network may be unavailable. If you are using a device at home, it may need to be unplugged during an electrical storm.

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