MOUNT VERNON — Last year a survey by Citrix Systems revealed that only 16 percent of Americans could accurately define cloud computing and approximately half of the U.S. population would say they’ve never used cloud computing while actually 95 percent of them have. For example, NetFlix, Facebook, and even email, are cloud-based operations. So, what is cloud computing?
Basically, and according to the Oxford English Dictionary, cloud computing is “the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.”
“Cloud is a pool of network computers. I describe it as a whole bunch of computers all over the world allowing instant, or near instant, access of shared information,” said Joe Strosnider, director of Information Technology Sales at ECR Internet Services Inc. of Mount Vernon.
The cloud symbol for the Internet came into common usage in the 1990s but only perhaps in the last couple of years has the term come into common usage. By 2008, cloud computing was seen as an opportunity to shape the relationship with Internet service consumers and those who market them.
Strosnider explained that originally cloud computing was very expensive and started with entities like Google.
“Over time, we needed to make it more user-accessible, and now it’s a revenue generator and becoming an every day thing.”
“Cloud services,” he said, “are like an out-sourced service that allows businesses to grow without paying for the infrastructure.”
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