Australia and New Zealand lead region in cloud adoption: Springboard Research

By Elizabeth Kelleher

Australian and New Zealand companies are leading the Asia Pacific in cloud understanding and adoption, according to a new report from Springboard Research ‘Cloud Computing in Australia and New Zealand 2010 – End-User Adoption Trends’.

Springboard researchers interviewed 109 CIOs, IT managers and line-of-business managers across the region and found that the number of Australian and New Zealand companies planning to adopt cloud technologies had doubled in the past 12 months.

However, Michael Barnes, vice president of research, Springboard Research, said that while cloud adoption has increased rapidly across the region, a large proportion of non-users still have no current plans to adopt cloud-based solutions. “This is creating an ever-widening gap between leaders and laggards”, said Barnes.

The report suggests that cloud security remains a key concern for non-users, with 23 per cent of respondents identifying it as the primary barrier to adoption. A further 15 per cent of respondents found data privacy and residency to be an issue, while 15 per cent identified availability and performance as key barriers.

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