Those “to the cloud” television commercials and the cloud-focused airport advertisements may be a bit premature, as the majority of consumers don’t yet know what cloud computing is despite using cloud services, a recent study found.

According to recent research from The NPD Group, only 22 percent of consumers in the U.S. are familiar with the term “cloud computing.” What’s more, The NPD Group found, is that those unfamiliar with the term “cloud computing” frequently leverage cloud services.

David Perry is co-founder and CEO of cloud gaming platform Gaikai. The service allows publishers to make their games available to any gamer on any machine, as recently demonstrated by the EA demos of Mass Effect 2 and Dead Space on retailer Walmart’s site.

Ahead of his appearance at Cloud Gaming USA, Perry spoke exclusively to GamesIndustry.biz about the success the company has had so far, the plans for the future, and about why he thinks Apple poses a bigger threat to consoles than cloud gaming ever could.

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Cloud-computing

Are you using Cloud Computing yet? If you are not, you may want to find out what you are missing. 

Cloud Computing is a program that allows you to reach everything you need to maximize your experience online in one place. 

The benefits of these services are improved productivity, ease of use and effective management of your systems.

What Is Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing is easy to get into. All you need to go is to log into a Google account (if you do not have one, you can sign up for one without any fee to do so.) Once there, look to the top of the screen where you will see a link marked as “documents.” Click on that link and you’ll see all of the features it offers, including:

  • Create a new document or presentation that anyone who has access to your file can view and participate in
  • You can create a template to follow.
  • You can create a form that those who have access to the account can use.
  • Use it for other features, too, including sharing a collection, sharing a drawing, or even a spreadsheet.

You can create your own collections and set who has access to them. You can also log in and check the collections others are sharing with you. Upload information, including files to your account for others to see. This service, simply, allows you to manage everything in one place. Instead of having everything on your hard drive, where you can only access it from one computer, this allows you and your colleagues to access everything easily.

Why Use It?
There are many reasons to use cloud computing: 

  • Using these systems can reduce the computing costs of businesses.
  • It gives you better freedom to share and access data and application from anywhere.
  • You can access data and information from various devices, including your netbook or your mobile phone, not just your desktop.)
  • Everything is centralized and readily available. This makes everything simply to have at your fingertips when you want it.
  • The security when using cloud computing is thought to be better than using network based security that changes in overall protection from one service or device to the next.