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  • Most Americans Confused By Cloud Computing According to National Survey. “For example, 51 percent of respondents, including a majority of Millennials, believe stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing. Nearly one third see the cloud as a thing of the future, yet 97 percent are actually using cloud services today via online shopping, banking, social networking and file sharing. Despite this confusion, three in five (59 percent) believe the “workplace of the future” will exist entirely in the cloud, which indicates people feel it’s time to figure out the cloud or risk being left behind in their professional lives.” By Kim DeCarlis, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Citrix. “Methodological Notes: The Citrix Cloud Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research  www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,006 nationally representative American adults ages 18 and older, between Aug. 2-7, 2012, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older.”

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  1. “51 percent of respondents, including a majority of Millennials, believe stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing”

    This is not a surprising result. I myself would have answered a sarcastic “Yes” to that statement, which happens to be true. In July 2012 a thunderstorm brought down much of Amazon’s main cloud computing center for a few hours, disrupting Netflix and many other popular services. This outage made the online headlines, and even a couple print newspapers, highlighting the effect of weather and regional effects on cloud computing.

    http://aws.amazon.com/message/67457/

    http://gigaom.com/2012/06/30/latest-outage-raises-more-questions-about-amazon-cloud/

    While the question was trying to weed out ignorance, it actually discovered extreme expertise and awareness on the opposite end. A bad question indeed, and a poor sensationalist interpretation.

  2. Good point, Tristan. Thanks!

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