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UK 'falling behind' EU when it comes to embracing the cloud

The UK is lagging behind much of Europe when it comes to seeing the real benefits of cloud services, new research has claimed.

Despite businesses on the continent fully embracing the cloud, companies in the UK appear more reluctant to make the move, meaning they are potentially missing out on some major advantages, according to a report from Barracuda.

In a Europe-wide survey, the UK was found to be the least trusting of public cloud solutions, with just over half (52 per cent) saying that they trusted the platform more than they did five years ago. This was versus an EMEA average of 58 per cent, and far behind cloud frontrunners Austria, where 83 per cent of businesses had seen an increase in their trust in public cloud.

This distrust means that UK businesses were found to be embracing cloud less than our continental cousins, with just 29 per cent of UK infrastructure is in cloud, versus an EMEA average of 35 per cent.

This is despite the variety of benefits that cloud services can offer a business, not least in terms of security protection.

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Worryingly, Barracuda’s research found that there was also a lack of understanding among senior IT figures as to who owned the responsibility for security on public cloud platforms.

Across Europe, the survey discovered that only 61 per cent of those surveyed claimed to fully understand their responsibilities in this area.

Despite most cloud providers stipulating on a shared responsibility model when signing an agreement with a business, almost two thirds (64 per cent) of respondents across the EMEA region believed it was the solely the responsibility of the cloud provider to secure data in the cloud, while 61 per cent said the same about applications and 60 per cent about operating systems. 

Such attitudes would normally suggest that companies have their own security systems in place to stay safe online, however the survey found that the UK was also the least likely country to have added additional security solutions, with only 43 per cent saying they had any extra protection.

"We have to do more to educate customers, we have to do more to make sure our products are deeply integrated into the fabric of how they want to roll those capabilities out,” Barracuda SVP of security Hatem Naguib told ITProPortal, noting that “rational business minds” would win out soon.

"When it benefits the citizens, and it can help from a business perspective, people will see (public cloud) as a benefit - I don't think anyone is motivated to create additional friction just for the sake of doing it."

Michael Moore
Michael Moore is News and Features Editor working across both ITProPortal and TechRadar Pro. He has worked as a technology journalist for more than five years, including spells at one of the UK's leading national newspapers. He is interested in hearing about all the latest news and developments across the Business IT world, and how companies are using new technology to help push forward their work and make their customer's lives easier.