Clouds clear for most businesses

cloud 1A survey of 300 plus UK IT decision makers found that over two thirds of those surveyed thought cloud computing is as secure as having kit on the premises.

The annual survey, conducted by Claranet, shows that figure is up from the 54 percent figure it polled last year.

Over 73 percent of those surveyed aare now using some form of cloud service. It’s the middle market which shows the most growth with a significant 81 percent of companies using cloud services. The figure for that segment last year was 65 percent.

Claranet UK MD, Michel Robert, said that security still worries end users but businesses are not frightened.

The survey showed that 81 percent of firms managed to reduce capital expenditure while 75 percent of companies “reduced pressure” on IT department.

The survey was managed by market research company Vanson Bourne in September 2013.  Twenty six per cent of the respondents came from the professional services sector; 21 percent from financial services; 20 percent from retail, distribution and transport; and 14 percent from media, leisure and entertainment. The rest operated in other commercial markets.