cloud computing


Definition of cloud computing

: the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the Internet

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That led to skirmishes in market segments like payments, retail, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, health care initiatives, and more. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 Bloomberg News obtained the report plus the spending figures, which show the Pentagon plans to spend $1.63 billion on cloud computing through fiscal 2023. Anthony Capaccio,, "Pentagon Eases Secrecy Over Cloud Contract as Amazon Rivals Fret," 14 May 2018 Last year, Amazon expanded a partnership with the Labor Department to train 1,000 veterans in cloud computing. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Amazon’s D.C.-Area HQ2 a New Beachhead in Battle for Tech-Savvy Vets," 1 Jan. 2019 Google has a pretty sweet deal for any PC users eager to try its new, experimental Project Stream, a video game streaming platform built by the search giant’s cloud computing division. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google is giving away Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free if you demo Project Stream," 18 Dec. 2018 As noted by Gizmodo, Salesforce, a cloud computing company whose regional headquarters is located in New York, and Microsoft both have direct cloud computing contracts with ICE. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Demonstrators Were Arrested While Protesting Amazon and Microsoft's Associations With ICE," 2 Aug. 2018 But Microsoft’s special sauce is Azure—the massive cloud computing platform rivalled only by Amazon’s AWS. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Project xCloud service will stream Xbox games to PCs, tablets, and phones," 8 Oct. 2018 The combination of high-resolution imaging and sensor technologies, AI, and cloud computing is giving conservationists deeper insight into the health of the planet. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018 Although Amazon is best known as an internet shopping destination, its cloud computing and advertising businesses were big contributors to the jump in profit. Nick Wingfield, New York Times, "Amazon’s Profit Swells to $1.6 Billion, Lifted by Its Cloud Business," 26 Apr. 2018

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1996, in the meaning defined above

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: the practice of storing regularly used computer data on servers that can be accessed through the Internet

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