Majority of Americans believe bad weather affects cloud computing

By on August 30, 2012, 3:00 PM

Cloud computing is a concept that many Americans have likely heard about and even use on a daily basis but according to a recent survey from Wakefield Research for Citrix, the majority of respondents have virtually no idea what it is.

About 29 percent of the 1,006 people polled thought cloud computing had to do with an actual cloud, the sky or something related to weather.

Furthermore, 51 percent of those surveyed believe bad weather would interfere with cloud computing while only 16 percent correctly understood the phrase as a computer network to store, access and share data from Internet-connected devices.

A full 54 percent of Americans say they never use the cloud but after further probing, it turns out that 95 percent of respondents actually do. Almost one in three people say it’s a thing of the future and 15 percent believe that only those in the tech industry use it. Both assumptions, of course, are incorrect.

One in five Americas say they have pretended to know what the cloud is or how it works while 14 percent have lied about it during a job interview. More than half (56 percent) don’t think other people referring to the cloud in conversation really know what it is either.

All things aside, 68 percent feel that the cloud is a good thing after being told what it is. 35 percent recognize the cost-saving benefits and say it helps improve consumer engagement while 32 percent feel it will help with small business growth.




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1 person liked this | Sniped_Ash said:

I weep for my country.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Cloud computing circa 2012 is analogous to mainframe computing circa 1970. Big powerful computer(s) connected to less powerful computers/terminals/browsers/phones/tablets.

1 person liked this | ikesmasher said:

I also weep for my country.

1 person liked this | dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Not surprised. [link] , and so-called enthusiasts can't differentiate it from a gaming PC...what chance does the average (likely less tech savvy) person stand?

Guest said:

Thank you republicans. Only the rich need a good education so that we can have more staff for all the McJobs.

Greed is eating America.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Frankly, my ISP needs to fix something... every time it rains, my throughput drops to 350 kbps. I did't realize how widespread the problem was.

Guest said:

I weep for my country.

^^^^^^

this guy knows how I feel...

Win7Dev said:

I weep for my country.

I second that. Don't you just hate when you are trying to use dropbox and a storm hits? /sarcasm

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LOL...dammit, I hate living in America sometimes. The stupid is huge with some people. Sheesh...

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

That's impressive.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Not everyone knows what a Cloud computing, Cloud storage is. Not just in USA. It's happening all over the world, especially in China, Russia,..... NORTH KOREA ! Not everyone is a programmer.

since we are all subscribers for techspot, most of us are familiar with technology. But imagine if we work in Biology related field, or Geology related field jobs. Do we HAVE to know what a cloud computing is ?

1 person liked this | Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

So "1,006 people polled" represent 350 million Americans...

LOL...dammit, I hate living in America sometimes. The stupid is huge with some people. Sheesh...

You are always welcome to leave

Guest said:

Yes.... like a basic technicism....cuz its a thing of common sense and impossible to believe that the weather, affects everythings....thats why we have schools, maybe free maybe not but you go to have the experience and not be ignorant or at least empty

1 person liked this | Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Thank you republicans. Only the rich need a good education so that we can have more staff for all the McJobs.

Greed is eating America.

College isn't free, get over it. It doesn't matter whether you're democrat or republican anymore anyways, the representatives of both parties are shills for the corporations. The all line their pockets with lobbyist money.

2 people like this | dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Not everyone knows what a Cloud computing, Cloud storage is. Not just in USA. It's happening all over the world, especially in China, Russia,..... NORTH KOREA !

The people of North Korea ? They haven't yet mastered the notions of independant thought or personal opinions. Hardly surprising that cutting edge tech doesn't figure highly.

You are always welcome to leave

Advocating lowering the average IQ's of two countries?

/jk

1 person liked this | H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

To Upload to the Cloud.

Take your Harddrive, Pictures, Camera and throw it in the Air, aiming high up at the Clouds!

I don't think my step dad knew what it really was, unless he was attempting to "troll" me (I am starting to hate the world Troll)

3 people like this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Pardon me if I'm wrong but wouldn't bad weather effect cloud computing if it knocks out your Internet connection?

I'm constantly loosing Internet during storms because the phone lines have deteriorated over the years and they only replace lines that have obviously (leaving intermittent problem lines for future irritation) gone bad. I guess you are looking at me as if I'm an id-iot because I think bad weather can contribute to problems with cloud computing.

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

What a waste of time and money. What next? :

9 out of 10 agree that the 10th guy is just an non-agreeable bastard.

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

What a waste of time and money. What next? :

9 out of 10 agree that the 10th guy is just an non-agreeable bastard.

Not to mention the other professions that 90% of the population knows nothing about. I don't mind being one who knows absolutely nothing about certain professions. That doesn't mean there is not many people in these professions, saying "I weep for my country" because I don't know what they do.

Guest said:

@Sarcasm

Ever heard of statistical analysis and methods? A good statistical methodology can give a very good representation of the population. Go learn more about it.

ramonsterns said:

I'd like to buy a ticket to the earliest trip to mars. No, no round-trip. I don't care if there is no breathable air, just get me away from this planet.

RzmmDX said:

I always believed it was possible to store data in clouds and extract them with giant vacuum cleaners.

1 person liked this | veLa veLa said:

The cloud is just a scam anyway. Hold your data for you, and then charge money through DATA PLANS just to access it.

1 person liked this | Timonius Timonius said:

When I first heard the term 'cloud computing' I knew it was a bad idea to call it that.

Guest said:

With the popularity of Apple products, Hollywood trash and fudge unions it should come as no suprise.

Guest said:

They are right, I always get more FPS when is sunshine outside!

1 person liked this | stateofjermaine stateofjermaine said:

Pardon me if I'm wrong but wouldn't bad weather effect cloud computing if it knocks out your Internet connection?

I'm constantly losing Internet during storms because the phone lines have deteriorated over the years and they only replace lines that have obviously (leaving intermittent problem lines for future irritation) gone bad. I guess you are looking at me as if I'm an id-iot because I think bad weather can contribute to problems with cloud computing.

This. I was sort of scratching my head on that point, too. One of the major reasons for my aversion to Chromebooks was/is the heavy dependence on a solid Internet connection. Would the same not be true of cloud computing? Especially considering that so many cloud-connected devices are likely to be smartphones and tablets with data connections, wouldn't connectivity be affected if inclement weather knocks out 3G/4G connectivity?

Maybe I'm missing something?

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

@Sarcasm What would you do? Survey the whole population?

Guest said:

The most funny is that 85% of Americans believe that oil come from the gas station :)

1 person liked this | penn919 said:

Well technically it could affect the cloud. If a nasty storm causes power to cut from the cloud servers, then yes. Weather could affect the cloud.

danhodge danhodge said:

Hahahahahahaaaaaaa!

ikesmasher said:

Not to mention the other professions that 90% of the population knows nothing about. I don't mind being one who knows absolutely nothing about certain professions. That doesn't mean there is not many people in these professions, saying "I weep for my country" because I don't know what they do.

the problem with your argument is that the cloud isnt linked to any specific profession...it can literally be used be anyone...

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

the problem with your argument is that the cloud isnt linked to any specific profession...it can literally be used be anyone...
There is no problem with my argument (if thats what you want to call it). Anyone can use the product of any profession. That doesn't mean they have a need in knowing everything there is to know about the profession.

techpoppin techpoppin said:

I always believed it was possible to store data in clouds and extract them with giant vacuum cleaners.

Or just wait for it to rain...

Lurker101 said:

I can't help but love America right now

ddg4005 ddg4005 said:

This is keeping with the statistic that forty-four percent of Americans don't know that our sun is a star. We're in trouble in as a nation.

Doctor John Doctor John said:

Pardon me if I'm wrong but wouldn't bad weather effect cloud computing if it knocks out your Internet connection?

I'm constantly loosing Internet during storms because the phone lines have deteriorated over the years and they only replace lines that have obviously (leaving intermittent problem lines for future irritation) gone bad. I guess you are looking at me as if I'm an id-iot because I think bad weather can contribute to problems with cloud computing.

Phew, I thought it was just me for a while there! Of course weather affects connectivity, last time I checked, internet packets were electronic in nature, and travelled around by electrons/EM waves, neither of which like thunderstorms or aurorae!

1 person liked this | Cota Cota said:

Thank you republicans. Only the rich need a good education so that we can have more staff for all the McJobs.

Greed is eating America.

You can blame any one you like, but in these days the information is just some clicks away.

One day one of my cousins told me a nerd for knowing a lot (im a Systems Eng) I told him that he was an imbecile, as an imbecile he was born and an imbecile was going to stay, why? because he never uses his PC to learn.

Got the point? >:C

j05hh j05hh said:

Does cloud computing also cause global warming ? haha

1 person liked this | MilwaukeeMike said:

You guys realize that the majority of people don't give a crap about us techies. I was once working customer service for a networking company and got a call from a hardware store about their connection. I asked them to check the router, the guy yells over his shoulder 'Hey bob, where's the router?' Bob says 'Isle 3' In a hardware store a router is not an internet device. In

'Cloud' has meant water vapor forever.... If people are confused, blame whatever ***** decided to call server storage 'cloud' computing. has my data evaporated? Will it rain down later? is it going to float away? does it have many possible shapes? Oh... it's called 'cloud' because it's easy to get wherever you are... I see... just like how it's really easy to reach a cloud. or not. Cloud sucks.

Guest said:

Oh, I thought cloud computing means there are servers placed in the cloud (sky) or somehow literally using cloud as media for data storage..

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Oh, I thought cloud computing means there are servers placed in the cloud (sky) or somehow literally using cloud as media for data storage..

There is nothing wrong in that.

We often use the expression "The is no such thing as a stupid question". We are not disrespecting anyone (I know I'm not) before they even ask a question.

I wonder how many people are just as confused at how signals are transmitted from tower to tower. I think it would be easy for someone to see them both as related in nature.

Guest said:

Cloud computing and Storage = Religion = biggest fraud of the 20th century.

I view cloud computing like this. I own a lap top. To keep the lap top safe I drive 40 miles to my friends house whom I trust. And drop it for safe keep. Every time I need to use my lap top I drive to my friends house 40 miles away to pick it up. How convenient is that. So cloud computing just sucks. Think about this the cloud storage crashes and they have issues with the back up. Out of 20,000 disks 4 are corrupt and guess where your data is going to sit. On those 4 disks why because you are the luckiest person on the planet. No in the universe. Or the data center is accused of hosting child porn. Let me guess %4 of the users are but the U.S. is big on the bust and decides that they want to seize all the data and take their time sorting it out. Sounds familiar? That is exactly what happen with one of these huge cloud storage facilities. So now you are siting without your data for months jumping through bureaucratic red yellow or green tape sense every one want to be a green color for earth friendly and environmentally friendly. That is the new religion for it is not a science. It is a religion. So let me guess someone try to explain to my how is my data safer on your hard drive in a server farm that is. Ummmm 30 hops away somewhere on the internet. So it goes I don't know through 30 autonomous router systems to get to you. I don't know even the strongest encryption is not enough for me. Also this all was geared towards the stupid. Think about it with cloud storage you practically don't need Tom Cruize anymore to hang from fish wire. S t u pid people just hand over their data. You don't need to steel anymore you just press the copy button and you got it all. So much for spying. Cloud computing = big s u c ks for me!

Guest said:

The best explanation is that my data has died and now is playing a harp. So if I ask where is my data. People look at me funny and just say it is like a ghost. We thought cloud computing pretty much was self explanatory. What do ghosts do. They are there but everyone ignores them. They cannot talk to no one. And they are forbidden from ever returning. It is kind of a protective clause in case of a disaster. PS. This thing is askin me what number goes right before 77. So I answer 76.999999999999999999999999999999---> infinity. The computer tells me that is incorrect. Are computers this stu pid. between 76 and 77 there are millions of numbers. It never told me that it had to be an integer. Stu pid things machines do. And the arrogance of the machine telling me that I am wrong. When are machines going to learn that they are human to and can be wrong.

Guest said:

I think it is totally true. Bad weather does affect cloud computing. Think about it the most severe the storm the more energy and charge it carries so the more static electricity you have to hold those 1's and 0's. The magnetic charge is the one that stores your data. I wrote a paper on how to store petabytes of information in water vapor molecules. Ionizing radiation also helps. Also I keep finding more and more storage in subspace. To be more specific in parallel universes. In the subatomic particles called strings below the electron stage I keep finding more and more space for you. So you forever have to upgrade and pay an upgrade fee. Plus I also have an extra fee for eon guarantee. If you want me to guarantee your data for 4 quadrillion years that is an extra 100 million U.S. dollars fee. Also H2O has a native raid built in. H and 2 Os being triple redundancy. The 200 million extra dimensions are just for extra storage about your storage. The NSA mainly uses that but sush. You did not hear that from me.

rculver9056 rculver9056 said:

I had to chuckle at this.

But I dread to think of how much worse the results would be if that survey was done over here (UK)...

Camikazi said:

Why would this surprise anyone? I am guessing the majority of the general public in the entire world knows little of how Cloud Computing works. Hell I doubt many of them know how a regular computer works or even their smartphones both of which they have physical access too let alone the Cloud which is some abstract concept to the public.

Guest said:

You sure a hail storm isnt somone mass deleting data? it has to go somewhere!? dont it?

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