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SMEs still scared of the cloud: ACMA
Hannah Francis26 Mar, 9:44 AM
The majority of Australian SMEs are not taking advantage of cloud computing services, though uptake is strengthening among individuals, according to new research.
The second Cloud Computing Australia report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority revealed 66 per cent of SMEs did not actively use the cloud in the year to June 2013.
Of the 900,000 SMEs that did utilise cloud computing services, most did so via webmail services such as Gmail and Hotmail.
That was also true for the majority of Australians -- 80 per cent of people aged 18 and over, or nearly 14 million people -- who used cloud computing services in the six months to May 2013.
While the number of individuals using the cloud rose 11 per cent compared to the previous year, many people weren't not aware they were doing so.
Just 55 per cent of Australian adults said they had heard of the term "cloud computing", while only 26 per cent of active users were aware that they had used it.
Australians also remain wary about the security of cloud services, with 52 per cent flagging concerns.
The ACMA report predicted a number of factors would contribute to more Australians using the cloud in future: rollout of infrastructure including the NBN and 4G mobile networks; uptake of cloud computing by government sectors; proliferation of smart devices; and growing competition among cloud service providers themselves.