CLOUD COMPUTING: Facts or Fiction?
Cloud computing allows you to store, access and share data from Internet connected devices in one central location. As technology careers continue to grow across the U.S. and cloud computing creates nearly 14 million jobs by 2015, the Cloud is more important than ever. Here are the facts you need to know about the Cloud a€” and the fiction that many believe.
THE PERCEPTION OF THE CLOUD
What people believe when it comes to cloud computing:
A recent study revealed:
51% believe stormy weather has an effect on cloud computing.
95% have used the Cloud but don't know it
29% think the Cloud has something to do with weather.
54% claim they’ve never used the Cloud.
16% correctly think the Cloud is a place to store, access and share data
FACT OR FICTION?
22% of Americans admitted to pretending to know what the Cloud is.
Here, we clear up a few misconceptions.
1. The Cloud is at place.
The Cloud is nowhere, but everywhere. You're probably already using it when you:
- Check Gmail
- Stream a video
- Pull up iTunes Share a document
2. The Cloud is growing.
By 2016, 340 million more people will have moved to the Cloud. Impressed? Take a look at how we used the Cloud in 2012:
65% : bank online
63%: shop online
58% : use social networking sites?
45% : play online games?
29% : store photos online?
19% : use online file-sharing.
3 . The Cloud is l00% safe from cyber attacks.
With thousands of companies storing data on Cloud servers, the risk is escalated. Here are the common attackers:
98% : INVOLVED EXTERNAL AGENTS
4% : INVOLVED INTERNAL EMPLOYEES
< 1%: COMMITTED BUSINESS PARTNERS
53% : BY TIED TO ACTIVIST GROUPS
4. Millions of people are using -the Cloud
How many folks have their heads in the Cloud already?
425 million people worldwide use Gmail.
150 million people use Apple's iCloud.
50 million people use, Dropbox.
5. The Cloud is creating IT jobs ,
Companies like Amazon and Google have a much higher need for IT admins that understand the specific concerns of the Cloud. Cloud computing is a key component for these growing jobs?
• Network Systems Administrators
• Network and Data Communication Analysts
• Information Systems Security Specialists
• Systems Analysts
• Application Software Developer
• Web Developer
• Application Programmer
• Database Administrator
6. We Cloud IS Fads.
There's a lot more to look forward to with the Cloud, with companies looking to make big investments.
Microsoft - 90% of R&D budget ($8.6 billion) is being used to improve cloud computing , 8.6 BILLION technology, including security measures and hosting services.
Which industries are spending the most money on the Cloud?