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UK cloud adoption rate reaches 88%

Cloud penetration in the UK now stands at 88%, with 67% of organisations expecting to increase their adoption of cloud services over the coming year, reveals new analysis by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF).

However, concerns over data privacy (62%) and budgeting constraints (35%) mean that a ‘cloud-everything’ model is still not feasible for all organisations.

A survey of 250 decision-makers in public and private sector organisations shows that the overall cloud adoption rate has risen by 83% since 2010, with an increase of 5% in the last year.

There has been a significant rise in cloud usage by small businesses and public sector organisations, with the cloud adoption rate now standing at 82% for both groups, up from 54% and 62% a year ago.

Most respondents (58%) say their organisation has a hybrid approach to IT, though 54% think their entire IT estate will eventually move to remotely hosted cloud services; 8% of the smallest organisations in the sample have already made this transition.

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