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Cloud Computing So Useful Yet So Misunderstood

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Cloud Computing So Useful Yet So Misunderstood
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Have you ever thought about downloading videos or music or keeping all of your photos on your computer only to change your mind because you don’t want to take up too much storage space? You aren’t alone, a lot of people have the same problem. Cloud Computing was created to help resolve this problem. Although it is available to pretty much anyone, many people do not use it because they do not understand how it works.

Cloud Computing isn’t an entirely new idea, but it has only recently gained popularity. It works by allowing users to use storage space on remote internet servers instead of their own devices. Not so confusing right? Then why do so many people avoid using it out of misconception? The problem could be the name of the concept.

When people think of clouds, they don’t think of storage space. They instead, thing of white puffy objects floating in the sky above them. Combine this association with remote serve storage and many people just can’t figure out what the two have in common. The Cloud got its name when a picture of a cloud was used to explain how it would work and how the service could be used with the Internet. While this may make sense to the people who create Cloud Computing, it just leaves everyone else confused.

So would changing the name of the service really make a difference? Adam King seems to think so. King named Spike TV and says that the name of something can really impact its popularity. He said, “A much better name would combine the concepts of high tech and reliability,” he said.

So what do you think? If you could rename the Cloud Computing service what would you call it and why?

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Cloud Computing So Useful Yet So Misunderstood
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  • Lucy

    We understood it just fine. The idea of our private files, personal pictures and financial records being stored in someone else’s main frame is scary – how tight is their security and who can access the information. It is a matter of trust.

  • Upside999

    The number one problem with the cloud is security. First, you put your data into the hands of someone (do you know who?) to make sure your confidential data is protected and never exposed. If I walked up to you on the street and said I’ll store your tax returns in my home safe for free and you can get them whenever you want will you give them to me? If so, please contact me.

    I do store non-confidential information in the cloud, but no way will I store confidential information.

  • Hmm

    Yeah, the cloud is useful if you want to put all your mission critical data in an area where it can be easily stolen!!!!

    I understand that nothing in the computer world is safe. Heck, the NSA can get anything they want and I am sure that they also makes a concerted effort to go after business data. After all, all of our wars are really about economics.

    However, you shouldn’t make it easier for everyone to steal your information. The cloud makes it much easier. One security analyst put it this way. The holes in the cloud are so big you can fly a 747 in them.