Cloud computing: 51% of people think it is effected by storms and high winds

‘…But what happens when it rains?’ Cloud computing may be the latest  buzz-word, but half of us think it can be affected by bad weather

By Eddie Wrenn

PUBLISHED:11:48 EST, 29  August 2012| UPDATED:03:04 EST, 30 August 2012

While ‘the cloud’ may be the technological  buzzword of the year, many Americans  are pretty hazy on what the cloud actually  is.

In its most general form, cloud-computing is  keeping documents and data on remote internet servers that can be accessed from  multiple computers, tablets and smartphones.

And if you have an Internet connection,  chances are you have used it, simply by uploading pictures to Facebook, Flickr  or Instagram, using a web-email service like Gmail, or sharing files via  services like DropBox.

But it seems the moniker is confusing people,  for when researchers asked 1,004 people what they knew of the cloud, 51 per cent  of participants assumed storms and high winds would cost them their  data.

The cloud simplified: Music and documents are kept in an online 'locker', and then computer and tablets can connect via apps or programs
The cloud simplified: Music and documents are kept in an  online ‘locker’, and then computer and tablets can connect via apps or  programs

It does not really matter for consumers  whether or not they know what the cloud is, as it is generally big business that  uses it the most, and the service usually runs ‘invisibly’ to home  users.

Indeed, any sharing website such as Facebook is effectively running a cloud service, allowing people to dip into and out of files, and DropBox, which allows you to synchronise folders on your PC to an online source.

The misconception was uncovered by the team  from Wakefield Research and Citrix, who carried out the survey.

Not quite like this: But half of the population get this image in their headsNot quite like this: But half of the population get this  image in their heads

While 54 percent of those surveyed who said  they had never used the cloud – 95 per cent reported using banking online and  using online file-sharing sites.

These included:

  • 65% of responders have banked  online
  • 63% have  shopped online
  • 58% report using social networking  sites
  • 45% have  played online games
  • 29% store photos online
  • 22% have stored music or  videos  online
  • 19% use online file-sharing  services

Human nature being human nature, one in  five  said they had pretended to know what the cloud is when talking  about  it.

Nearly 14 per cent of people had pretended to  know during a job interview, while – surprisingly – 17 per cent claimed to have  done the same thing on a first date.

But if you are tempted to lie, the game may  be up: 50 per cent of people said they could tell when someone else tried to  bluff their way to a definition

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