About the Survey
A survey of 260 UK SME businesses has been conducted by
"Other recently published surveys have been focused on responses from a more international perspective with the
The NIS survey found that traditional in-house IT is alive and well but Cloud services are being used where appropriate to complement and enhance - rather than stimulate outright replacement programs. High on the list of concerns regarding Cloud adoption are issues of data security, support and reliability - reoccurring themes.
"What our survey highlights, which has been previously been largely ignored by other studies, is that for some the speed and reliability of broadband connectivity is a deterrent to Cloud adoption." continues
NIS has first-hand experience working with SMEs that embark on large scale data transfers to the Cloud. Users quickly notice that uplink speeds are poor on many ADSL services. This means that if applications require constant sizeable uplink data transfers, Cloud solutions may not be practical purely because of connectivity throughput restrictions.
Only 15% of the total surveyed stated they had no issues with using Cloud services. Some of the other key issues raised other than cost of Cloud services were: Data Security and Integrity, Data Loss, Service Reliability, Lack of Control and Quality of Support offered by providers.
Despite the these concerns, Cloud file sharing services in particular, have gained popularity based on their ease-of-use and cross platform support. Some 65% of respondees stated they use Cloud services for File Sharing and Synchronisation and/or Backup. The clear leader is Dropbox with a 60% share of deployments of those surveyed. In contrast, use of Cloud based email services and particularly office automation applications has still to gain approval from the majority for business use.
Rather than lagging behind other countries in Cloud adoption because of an overly cautious approach, NIS conclude that
Levels of understanding regarding what Cloud service providers currently offer seem extremely high amongst surveyed IT staff, with more than 90% stating they had a good grasp of service details. The Cloud message has got through but the combination of Cloud service and connectivity providers still have some way to go before gaining higher take-up rates in the
"For NIS this study has helped validate its strategy for Cloud services in helping provide reliable, high throughput connectivity and data security - issues being highlighted as serious concerns by this survey."
The full survey and study is available at:
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