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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Yeah, just cloud computing, sorry, what Diane [Greene] has been driving. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Box CEO Aaron Levie on Recode Decode," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, there are hundreds of thousands of open positions in the U.S. in fields like cybersecurity, cloud computing, computer programming, data science, tech support and skilled manufacturing. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Big Tech’s Hot New Talent Incubator: Community College," 29 June 2018 The college will offer bachelor of science degrees in Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as courses on cybersecurity, cloud computing, mobility, data analytics and project management, the school said. Stephen Tucker Paulsen, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Baptist receives $2.5 million gift to launch new college," 26 June 2018 But the current trend is towards taking advantage of cloud computing services from providers such as Amazon Web Services or Salesforce, rather than building new data centers to host business applications. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Dell Is Ready to Go Public Again. But Has it Really Changed?," 2 July 2018 The groom, also 32, works in Manhattan as a manager for Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing division of Amazon. New York Times, "Nancy Gutman, Steven Matz," 11 Mar. 2018 These include solid-state drives, memory for smartphones, and products for cars, cloud computing and graphics. David Staats, idahostatesman, "Boise's Micron reports record sales, big profits amid robust demand for memory," 20 June 2018 Social media outrage over the Trump administration's border policies has drawn attention to a Microsoft cloud computing contract with ICE. Fox News, "The Latest: Mormons 'deeply troubled' by border crisis," 18 June 2018 Both Amazon and Microsoft are fighting over the future of cloud computing, and Microsoft is a close second to Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) offering. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft reportedly working on rival Amazon Go tech for cashier-free stores," 14 June 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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