28 Sep

Does Stormy Weather Interfere with Cloud Computing?

We asked the question to over 3,000 people across Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Spolier alert – Over half of Americans aren’t sure if stormy weather interfere with cloud computing and 1 in 5 Aussies think it definitely does.

Here are the additional key takeaways:

  • Over 40% of Australians believe, or aren’t sure if cloud computing interferes with stormy weather
  • Over 45% of Brits believe or aren’t sure if stormy weather interferes with cloud computing

Here are the overall results split down by each country:


We surveyed 1,000 people in each of these countries and asked them a simple question – does stormy weather interfere with cloud computing? We gave them three choices – yes, no and not sure. To keep things as fair as possible, we ensured that the respondents were from a fair representation of the population including gender and age.

What is strange is that 1 in 5 Australians answered “Yes” to our survey, which was the highest out of all three countries. They also had the highest number of people who were sure that the answer was “No”. However overall, over half of Americans either responded “Not Sure” or “Yes” which was the worst score. While typically, the UK was somewhere in the middle with over half of the respondents being sure that the answer was “No”. 

Our CEO, Jared Hirst, had this to say:

“A few years ago cloud computing was a relatively new term to us all and few understood what it was all about. Now, however, it plays a pretty big part of our lives. From smartphones to email and from shopping to social networking – most of us use some form of cloud computing in our day-to-day lives.”

Let’s take a deeper look at the data for each country and the main takeaways.

1 in 5 Aussies think that stormy weather interferes with cloud computing

Let’s look at the stats:


It definitely looks like Aussies are pretty divided on this and aren’t fans of answering “Not Sure”. 1 in 5 believe that stormy weather does interfere with cloud computing, more than we expected – especially given that Australia has far less stormy weather than the UK and US!

Over half of Americans aren’t sure whether stormy weather interferes with cloud computing

Here is the data to prove it:


As for our American counterparts, overall they don’t fare too well with the majority not being sure or saying yes. 

Nearly half of Brits aren’t sure if stormy weather interferes with cloud computing

Our survey said:


As with many things like this, the Brits are somewhere in the middle of the Americans and Aussies with just over half being sure that cloud computing isn’t affected by stormy weather.

So what does all this mean?

While our survey was designed to be a little tongue in cheek, it does highlight a lack of understanding of cloud computing. This is despite the central role it plays in most of our lives including email, social networking, online shopping and banking to name just a few everyday uses. 

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