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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Taylor Hernandez, a law firm office manager, told council members her workplace depends on cloud computing and deals with Cox internet outages about every two weeks. Kevin Litten,, "New Orleans customers blast Cox at council meeting," 19 June 2019 Microsoft and Oracle, formerly competitors in the cloud business, announced a deal last week to link their cloud computing services. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Why rivals Microsoft and Oracle are teaming up to take on Amazon," 13 June 2019 Pivotal Software, a San Francisco software company which competes in a different part of the cloud computing business, saw shares drop 41% Wednesday, knocking its value down to $3 billion. Melia Russell,, "Software company Cloudera in trouble after earnings, CEO exit," 6 June 2019 Amazon Web Services’ network of satellite antennae is now coming online, bringing the internet company’s formidable cloud computing business into the space age. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Amazon’s most lucrative business is headed to space," 31 May 2019 Looker gained prominence in recent years as a business analytics tool that lets customers gather and examine trends in corporate data that may be stored in multiple third-party databases and cloud computing services. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Google Plans One of Its Biggest Acquisitions Ever In Bid to Bolster Its Cloud Business," 6 Feb. 2019 Microsoft is on track to catch up with Amazon by obtaining top federal security authorizations early next year, bolstering the company’s position in the Pentagon’s winner-take-all competition for a multibillion-dollar cloud computing deal. Naomi Nix, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft says it nears security win ahead of deadline for Pentagon cloud bid," 9 Oct. 2018 The outlook and third-quarter results, which showed slowing sales growth in all major revenue categories including international and cloud computing, prompted investors to question whether the company is reaching a saturation point. Spencer Soper, The Seattle Times, "Amazon dealt $250 billion blow from market jitters and confusion," 30 Oct. 2018 Considering Red Hat's position as the leading Linux distribution provider in the business world, as well as the top operating system provider for cloud computing, that's probably a very good idea. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "This is fine: IBM acquires Red Hat," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cloud computing

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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