A recently released survey shows what many in the tech business have already known for years, people do not understand cloud computing. 51% of Americans actually believe bad weather will have an impact on cloud computing. Moreover, 29% think cloud computing actually involves the clouds in the sky in some way. Cloud computing is creeping into everyone’s daily life whether they know it or not because of companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, and others who offer their services using different types of cloud computing. Beyond the average citizen, it has become imperative that businesses understand what cloud computing is at a basic level and that knowledge must move out from the IT department and into the board rooms and c-level suites.
Using and understanding the variety of cloud services out there can allow businesses to grow in unexpected and exponential ways because they now have access to much more powerful systems and software at lower cost. The U.S. government has begun to reap the immense potential of cloud computing for defense, intelligence, and simple cost savings. Both the public and private sector need to continue to exploit the potential of the cloud while still accounting for some of the security implications that accompany using cloud services. The future is cloud computing, the future is here.