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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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 Alibaba’s been improving on advertising formats for merchants who sell on its platform, investing in cloud computing, buying and revamping grocers and shopping malls and expanding overseas. Fortune, "Alibaba Says Its Going to Grow Almost 50% Faster Than Wall Street Expected," 4 May 2018 Privacy rules designed for the landline phone, postbox and filing cabinet urgently need to be strengthened for the age of the smartphone, e-mail and cloud computing. The Economist, "Does China’s digital police state have echoes in the West?," 31 May 2018 That gives Amazon a valuable window into changes in how corporations in the 21st century are using cloud computing to replace their own data centers. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "‘You’re Stupid if You Don’t Get Scared’: When Amazon Goes From Partner to Rival," 1 June 2018 Google's Firebase and Cloud Platform products offer easy ways to do push messaging, analytics, cloud computing, and integration with Google services. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android Things 1.0 launches, Google promises 3 years of updates for every device," 7 May 2018 The focus of the second floor would be robotics, droids, rovers and virtual and augmented reality, and the third flood would target communication technology, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and computer vision such as cameras and sensors. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Tech incubator could be coming to Naperville," 22 Mar. 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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