UK IT still worried about cloud, says report

Adoption of the cloud is surprisingly low despite the much-hyped benefits, a survey has revealed.

According to Cisco's CloudWatch 2011 report, only seven percent of UK IT applications are actually in the cloud and only 23 percent intend to increase this within the next two years.

The report polled 250 IT decision makers in large UK enterprises across five sectors asking their views on the cloud. Unsurprisingly, security and privacy remained the number one concern with 76 percent of respondents citing it as a barrier to adoption.

Location also posed something of a barrier with 64 percent of those questioned expressing concerns over location of data and 62 percent were worried about integrating cloud services with in-house IT.

"There is a perception that cloud is inherently insecure, but it shouldn’t be the case. There are many mechanisms out there to make the cloud secure. I hope that organisations can recognise the cloud can be secure and that we see concern for security dropping down," said Ian Foddering, CTO and technical director at Cisco UK and Ireland.

He added that the slow rate of adoption is most likely down to a lack of awareness and education as many people don't even realise they are using cloud-based applications, such as or Cisco WebEx.

Fodder also made some predictions on future cloud trends which include a rise in the interest of the community cloud - which was a direct contrast to the survey's findings which revealed that a mere seven percent of IT decision makers believed that community clouds would be dominant in five years - preferring the notion of the private cloud (47 percent) and the hybrid cloud (22 percent) with the public cloud coming in last place with nine percent.

The full CloudWatch 2011 report can be found here.

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