OVER HALF OF Americans believe that storms have a direct effect on cloud computing.
A survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Citrix has turned out to be something of a shower for the company, revealing that most of the 1,006 people polled about their knowledge of the cloud believed that Cumuloborkus is a likely outcome.
Some 29 percent believed that the cloud is to do with weather. Just 16 percent understood it as a computing term. And, yes, 51 percent said that stormy weather will interfere with cloud computing.
Ironically, of course, it's actually the sun that is more likely to screw things up than violent weather.
What's even more surprising is that most people don't think cloud computing is anything to do with them, or in use yet.
Around 54 percent of those surveyed believe that they don't use the cloud, but 95 percent of those actually do.
Top cloud computing uses were banking (65 percent), shopping (63), social networking (58), gaming (45), photo storage (29), music and video storage (22) and online file sharing (19).
Understanding of cloud computing still remains sketchy. One in five Americans have pretended to understand the cloud and how it works, and 56 percent have actually got lost in a conversation about the cloud but hidden it to avoid getting squally - probably the 49 percent who didn't admit to thinking the cloud was affected by the weather.
It's not all bad, though. Some 56 percent of those surveyed believed that the workplace of the future would be cloud-based (whatever that is), and 68 percent recognised its economic benefits, whether or not they actually understood what it is.
The survey comes a month after Citrix became a corporate sponsor of OpenStack, promising to bring interoperability to the cloud with its existing ties to Apache and Linux.
In the wake of the survey, The INQUIRER wonders how many people think that Skynet is owned by Rupert Murdoch. µ
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