Most organisations now using cloud computing, poll finds

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The popularity of cloud computing has been highlighted by a poll.

A new poll has demonstrated the extent to which cloud computing is becoming ubiquitous in Britain as firms seek ways of storing increasing amounts of data.

The survey, carried out by Computing magazine, showed that two-thirds of respondents in medium or large organisations have already adopted some form of cloud computing such as offsite backup storage.

A further ten per cent revealed they have not yet adopted the technology, but are planning to in the near future.

However, only one in 20 of those polled said they currently have more than half of their entire operations in the cloud, suggesting some are still not aware of all the benefits the service can offer.

Many organisations were reluctant to move legacy documents and applications seen as mission-critical to the cloud, even though it allows for easy, fast access to the data whenever it is needed.

Data protection and security was another concern, cited by more than 70 per cent of respondents who are not yet using the cloud.

It comes after a previous poll discovered that some directors are worried about being held accountable should information get lost following a migration.

However, Computing found these concerns are likely to be unfounded, as data security worries typically lessen after companies move to the cloud, presumably after they see that it is reliable after all.

The magazine recommended that companies thinking of getting to grips with the cloud should use a supplier with a good track record, accreditation and a security audit trail.

For their part, it also said cloud suppliers might want to make their terms and conditions as transparent as possible to ease concerns, "as well as working to ensure standardisation and interoperability".

Outsourcing requirements to a company like Dajon could be an easy way having everything managed securely and within easy reach.

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