Thanks to Microsoft’s Windows 7 commercials, the term “cloud” has moved into the mainstream.
Most people understand that “cloud” refers to applications that stream from the Internet. But there’s a lot more to it than that.
The word “cloud computing” covers a bunch of technologies, which is why Forrester Research can say that the cloud was a $40.7 billion market in 2011 and will grow to a whopping $241 billion in 2020.
A quarter of a trillion dollar market? Wowzers.
Microsoft says the cloud will create 14 million jobs by 2015, too.
But, truth be told, most folks still don’t completely understand what the “cloud” is. So let’s fix that …