26 September 2013, London, UK – Decision makers in UK organisations admit that issues around data protection, legislation and regulation are responsible for cloud computing being adopted more slowly than they would like.
This is according to a new research
report commissioned by NTT Com Security (formerly Integralis) the power behind WideAngle, the global
information security and risk management brand.
While just over a quarter
(26 per cent) say these issues have been the ‘primary reason’ for slow adoption,
31 per cent admit they have ‘significantly’ slowed adoption and 29 per cent say
they have affected it ‘to some extent’ – a total of 86 per cent against an
average of 76 per cent across all of the other countries surveyed.
At a global market sector
level, Financial Services (36 per cent), Petrochemicals (39 per cent) and Healthcare
(27 per cent) organisations are most affected by legislation and regulation
issues, citing them as the primary reason for slow cloud take-up.
The global cloud research
among 700 organisations in the UK, USA/Canada, Germany, Nordics, Singapore,
Japan and Hong Kong, shows that while over a third (36 per cent) of UK companies
have adopted cloud in the last one to two years, almost a quarter (22 per cent)
have yet to adopt it, compared to an average of 14 per cent globally. Although just 10 per cent of UK respondents have
already moved the majority of data and services into the cloud, 42 per cent
will transition it in the next two years and 18 per cent beyond this period. Yet, 30 per cent admit they will never move their data, a figure only
topped by the Nordics with 42 per cent.
Despite concerns, when asked
which infrastructure they would choose to deliver secure services to the
business, almost half (42 per cent) of UK respondents opt for some form of
cloud, with 22 per cent selecting private, 19 per cent hybrid and 1 per cent
public cloud. However, when questioned
about regulatory issues, 48 per cent would choose a corporately-owned data
centre and 20 per cent a third-party hosted data centre as the best means of
delivery to adhere to new regulations, with less than a third opting for a
Garry Sidaway, Global
Director of Security Strategy at NTT Com Security, says: “The report suggests
that UK organisations could be falling slightly behind others when it comes to
integrating cloud as part of their infrastructure, or moving data and services into
the cloud – and it seems the growing challenges of legislation, regulation and
compliance are playing their part in this.
With increasingly complex data laws here, it’s becoming something of a
minefield for businesses looking to become more agile, efficient and
competitive using cloud, and perhaps feeling they are being held back.”
For the first time, the new report
also reveals that all organisations fit into Five Cloud Personas* defined by
their levels of enthusiasm for cloud computing and the extent of their adoption. Ranging from Controllers at one end of the
scale, distinctive by their lack of cloud enthusiasm, the five personas also include
Accepters, Experimenters, Believers, and Embracers who are the most cloud enthusiastic
and have benefitted most from its use.
“What's interesting is that
it is possible to see attributes of these five cloud personas identified in the
report within different countries, with the UK clearly falling into the
Controller and Accepter personas. Whatever
stage countries are at, cloud is playing an increasingly important role as organisations
seek to move into new territories and be more agile and competitive," adds
Key statistics: Country differences
Organisations in the USA/Canada
are the most cloud enthusiastic, with 28 per cent saying they have already
moved the majority of their data and services into the cloud, followed by
Germany (24 per cent).
When it comes to
innovation, USA/Canada also stands out, with 59 per cent actively
seeking out and experimenting with new and emerging technologies, followed by
Singapore (41 per cent), Japan (26 per cent), Germany (21 per cent) and the UK
(20 per cent).
Cloud adoption has
increased in the last two years, with 36 per cent of UK companies indicating
deployment within that timeframe, followed by Germany (34 per cent), the USA/Canada
and Singapore (31 per cent each), Japan (25 per cent), and Hong Kong and the
Nordics (18 per cent each).