March 14, 2014

As individuals, we use the cloud everyday. Gmail, iCloud and Netflix are all cloud-based services that consumers use on a regular basis.

Increasingly, the enterprise is taking advantage of cloud-based applications and services too. Most enterprise CIOs say their firm has exposure to 30-42 cloud applications. However, the number is likely much higher. The average exposure to the cloud in the enterprise averages 662.

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With such a high exposure to the cloud, it's helpful to know what the cloud actually is, and isn't.

Here is a great infographic primer from Telx Data Centers:

Demystifying the Data Center Cloud
Presented By Telx Data Centers

Greg MacSweeney is editorial director of InformationWeek Financial Services, whose brands include Wall Street & Technology, Bank Systems & Technology, Advanced Trading, and Insurance & Technology.