“I can tell you that Excelsior does not now and is unlikely to hand off its data to a third party,” Stewart said.
While Microsoft’s survey showed that Americans are largely unaware of cloud computing, Smith cited a recent PBS study showing that everyday computer users store their data on third-party servers.
About eight out of 10 Americans surveyed use web-based mail service, 33 percent store their pictures on the internet, and 57 percent share information through a social media web site like Facebook, according to PBS’s data.
Darrel West, who moderated the gathering at the Brookings Institution, said technology experts have estimated computing one day will cost about one-tenth of what it does today, trimming IT budgets for Fortune 500 companies and schools alike.
Without international cloud-computing rules drafted by governments worldwide, West said, the cloud could become a “tower of Babel … where there are different rules in different countries and difficulty navigating across those sets of jurisdictions.”
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