UK cloud computing market 'to double by 2012'

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

Analyst predicts that UK rate of spend on cloud computing to reach more than £1bn within next two years

UK spending on cloud computing services will double within the next two years to over £1.2 billion, one IT industry analyst has claimed.

According to TechMarketView, the cloud will become of increasing prominence between now and 2012 as more organisations consider the value of outsourcing IT assets to third-party vendors, which include the likes of Amazon Web Services and Google Apps.

"In the old days, big companies used to generate their own electricity. But they do not do that any more", TechMarketView senior analyst Philip Carnelley told BBC News. "Software is going the same way - let others do the processing. Carnelley added that he and other industry analysts were not "hyping up" the cloud, but that a "genuine shift" was taking place in the UK.

TechMarketView claims that cloud computing-based services currently account for about 7.5% of the UK's total software market.

The biggest obstacle to organisations adopting cloud computing has so far been risks surrounding information security, as confirmed in a recent survey published by IBM, which showed that 80% of CIOs reported security as their chief concern when moving into the cloud.

Even Nick Clegg of the LibDems suggested that the UK government data storage should be moved to the cloud. What a great idea - NOT! The security issues are so immense but still they suggest such stupidity.

I can just imagine putting all the data of this or that department in the cloud and then finding that, for some reason, they cannot get at it for a day or more or someone hacks into it and liberates the whole stuff.

Haven't we have had enough problems with unencrypted computers, CDs and USB sticks. Do we now want to have data somewhere where the ICT people are not in control over the data? I should not think so.

But then again, I do not like the idea of the cloud and that for more than one reason.

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