Cloud computing may be one of the tech-world’s fastest-growing trends, but most people haven’t a clue what it is, according to a new survey.
Conducted in August with 1006 U.S. adults by Citrix, the survey found most of those queried had no idea that cloud computing is a way to store and share data across Internet-connected PCs or other gadgets.
“A majority responded it’s either an actual cloud (specifically a “fluffy white thing”), the sky or something related to the weather (29 percent),” the survey found. Fully 51 percent of them expressed the belief that “stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing.”
Others thought the cloud referred to toilet paper, smoke, drugs and even heaven.
Although the public increasingly uses Internet-based data for a wide variety of purposes, concluded Citrix vice president Kim DeCarlis, “there is still a wide gap between the perceptions and realities of cloud computing.”