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Greater public trust in cloud technology is driving uptake, according to managed services provider Claranet.
The findings come as part of the company’s second annual cloud adoption survey, which showed 54 per cent of respondents believe cloud is as secure or more secure than on-premise IT.
This is the inverse of 2011’s findings, when 54 per cent said cloud was riskier than in-house IT. Claranet suggests this shows 2012 was a tipping point in terms of public acceptance and trust in cloud computing.
Claranet polled 250 IT decision-makers across a range of SMBs, enterprises and the public sector firms and found more than 60 per cent were using some kind of cloud service. Furthermore, 25 per cent of people said they used public cloud infrastructure, compared to 15 per cent in 2011.
Adoption of hybrid cloud services leapt by 21 per cent over the last 12 months, from 8 per cent in 2011 to 29 per cent in 2012.
Michel Robert, Claranet’s UK managing director, claimed the results showed the industry was making significant progress in addressing the public’s concerns over security in the cloud.
“In late 2011, more than half of respondents said that cloud computing services posed a greater security risk than in-house infrastructure, with only a third saying that it was an equivalent risk,” he said.
“Those figures are now 46 per cent and 44 per cent respectively, which shows a narrowing of the gap on trust.”
However, Robert claims there is still more work to be done.
“Significant numbers of respondents said they had security concerns about cloud computing, with four of the most-cited worries being third-party access to data and issues with data migration, technical issues beyond their control, and data location," Robert said.
“These match closely with the factors identifies from 2011, signalling to the industry that more needs to be done to address these concerns,” he concluded.