UK leads EU in cloud adoption

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Businesses in the United Kingdom are adopting cloud technologies at a rate that's significantly higher than the rest of Europe, new research claims. According to figures from Eurostat, 41.9 per cent of British enterprises use some kind of cloud service, mostly email and data storage. EU-wide average is 26.2 per cent.

The rate at which the UK businesses are adopting cloud tech seems to be up 17.9 per cent, compared to 2014. The rest of the EU has an average of 7.2 per cent.

Public cloud is significantly more popular than private cloud, the report says, stating that a similar trend is seen among both large enterprises and SMBs. However, enterprises seem to be a bigger cloud user than SMBs.

"Cloud computing is one of the strategic digital technologies considered important enablers for productivity and better services," said authors Magdalena Kaminska and Maria Smihily.

"Enterprises use cloud computing to optimise resource utilisation and build business models and market strategies that will enable them to grow, innovate and become more competitive.

The UK is currently sixth largest cloud user among the countries of the European Union, rising one spot, compared to four years ago. The report says that predominantly Scandinavian countries are leading the charge when it comes to cloud adoption, with Finland being first placed, Sweden second and Denmark third.

The rate at which cloud is being adopted in France and Germany is below average.

You can find the full report on this link.  

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