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Cloud computing take up in the UK: security fears are the top barrier followed by continuity of service worries

Nearly one in four (23 percent) chief information officers (CIOs) and IT directors across the UK indicate that they have no plans to migrate any IT systems to the cloud, according to research from Robert Half Technology.

Interestingly, small companies (38 percent) are less likely to migrate to the cloud than medium (8 percent) and large (12 percent) companies. There is less of a contrast between private companies (28 percent) and public sector companies (27 percent) of all sizes across the UK.

Businesses in Scotland, northern and southern England (non-London) are more likely to adopt the cloud, with just 16 percent of respondents reporting that they had no plans to migrate. By contrast, companies in the Midlands area were twice as likely (32 percent) to say they would not consider cloud computing, while London-based businesses came close behind with 28 percent.

When asked what they planned to move to the cloud, the most likely response was storage (37 percent) followed by data centres (28 percent), servers (27 percent), applications such as CRM (26 percent) and software development (18 percent). Larger companies are more likely to migrate their data centre to the cloud (46 percent) than small companies (36 percent).

The biggest barrier to the adoption of cloud technology continues to be security – nearly half (46 percent) of respondents said that this was their most serious concern. This was followed by worries about continuity of service, cited by 36 percent, data integrity (32 percent), speed of service (31 percent) and costs (30 percent).

A quarter of businesses (24 percent) were concerned about moving to the cloud because of their lack of knowledge in-house. This figure soared to 44 percent within London-based companies, but fell to 21 percent for small businesses and 27 percent for medium businesses.

www.roberthalf.co.uk

•Date: 11th July 2012 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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