UK, Ireland show increased adoption of cloud

June 28, 2012

While cloud security remains the top concern sustaining the adoption process, the harshest criticisms have been allayed in the past 12 months, according to a study from an IT networking company. The study found that while more than half of IT decision makers in the United Kingdom and Ireland had plans for the cloud in their agenda in 2011, that number rose to 90 percent in the 2012 iteration.

Of those who plan to invest in cloud technologies, or already do, 85 percent are planning to invest further in the next 12 months. This goes along with 31 percent who consider the cloud part of their organization's base for critical operations, up from 7 percent in 2011.

Private cloud use continues to dominate the market, making a 20 percent rise from 34 percent of respondents to 54 percent in the last year. Use of public cloud systems increased as well, up 11 percent to 39 percent of those surveyed.

Cloud security
Despite concerns over how to secure cloud computing<> holding firm as the primary migration roadblock in public and private clouds, it has become significantly less cumbersome in 2012 than 12 months before. While nearly three out of every four IT professionals expressed a strong degree of doubt over cloud security in 2011, the current study saw those concerns settle to just 52 percent in 2012.

The company that commissioned the study believes that these fading concerns and increased adoption represent a drastic shift in opinion toward the cloud, from mythical technology of the future, to the reality of enterprise options for today.

"Cloud usage has now gone mainstream," said the UK and Ireland CTO for the IT networking company. "After several years of hype across the IT industry, it now seems that the cloud is maturing and organizations across a broad range of sectors are realizing the benefits of moving to a cloud model."

Worldwide security
It is not just companies in the British Isles that continue to worry about security. A study from staffing agency Robert Half found that 44 percent of those in Hong Kong put data security atop their list of concerns. Protection of data integrity followed next, at 26 percent.

To ensure that data protection<>, companies took a variety of measures. When looking to improve security, the directions that organizations went was mostly split, but cloud management systems came in at the top, at 30 percent. Business continuity processes (26 percent) and in-house security systems (24 percent) were the other most common responses.

-McAfee Cloud Security