Study finds BRIC nations lagging in cloud computing policies

A new study reveals that despite having made some progress over the past year, the BRIC nations - Brazil, Russia, India and China - still have a long way to go before catching up with most developed countries in policies deemed critical for the future of cloud computing.

The study was carried out by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a trade group representing a number of software heavyweights such as Microsoft, Apple and Adobe, as a part of its second annual cloud computing report. It found that all four BRIC nations were at the bottom half of the list of 24 countries surveyed.

Brazil made it to the 22nd position, compared to last year's 24th with a score of 44.1 out of 100; China (51.5), India (53.1) and Russia (59.1) also followed suit by moving two slots above their last year's ranking.

Japan retained the number one spot with 84.1 points, and was closely followed by Australia, the US, Germany, Singapore, France, the UK and South Korea.

The 24 nations covered by BSA's annual cloud computing study collectively represent 80 per cent of the world's information and communication technology industry. Their performances were evaluated in seven distinct fields including security, data privacy, free trade, infrastructure and support for smooth data flaws, and sensitivity towards intellectual property rights.