Tuesday, June 18 2013, 10:14 AM MDT
Good Question: What Is 'The Cloud?'
By Matt Gephardt
Produced by Michelle Poe
Edited by Jay Hancock
Photography my Mike Fessler
(KUTV) This question came to Get Gephardt from a viewer named Dave. Dave says that as he spends time on his computer and smartphone, he keeps hearing about "The Cloud," with various programs and apps asking him if he wants to use, "The Cloud." Dave asks, what exactly is the cloud and is it safe.
John Kovach with Siemens Industries says "The Cloud" is a nickname given to the data centers in which computer data is stored. These data centers are large facilities full of computer hard drives that store information. Kovach says there are over half a million data centers worldwide and they are used by just about everybody.
"Frankly, you've probably utilized a data center today without even knowing it,” Kovach says.
Every time you search the web, data centers got you the info for which you asked. Every time you swipe your credit card, data centers help process your transaction. And every time you back up your music or photos to "The Cloud," you're trusting a data center to keep it safe.
Kovach says the information stored in data centers is safe. Data centers utilize high tech security to keep hackers out as well as physical security at the data center locations.
“They have really sophisticated technology that you may see in the latest James Bond or Mission Impossible movie,” Kovach says. He lists iris scanners or biometric identification techniques as examples.
“There's a lot of investment and time that is spent to make sure these facilities are reliable as possible," he said.
Still, data centers are not always perfect when it comes to security. Every now and again you'll hear reports of hackers getting into a data center and making off with personal information. This past year, hackers gained access to the Utah Health Department's data center compromising some people’s identities.
Thanks, Dave, for the Good Question. If you have one for Matt Gephardt, call (801) 839-1250 or email Gephardt@kutv.tv.
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