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28% don't know what cloud computing is

38% of people think switching to cloud computing is "a waste of time"

Last week we ran a PC Advisor poll to find out if our readers were "planning to switch to cloud computing?"  - and although cloud computing seems to be one of the buzziest buzz words in the world of technology right now, it seems companies still have along way to go to convince people that making the switch to the cloud is a good idea.

The outcome of our poll showed that nearly two in five (38%) people didn't want to make the switch to cloud computing because "it seems like a waste of time". Some voters even took to the PC Advisor forums to explain why they felt cloud computing wasn't right for them. Forum user lotvic summed up the mood of the "no" voters with his post that read "No, I like my stuff on my PC at home. Also don't want to have to be connected to the internet using up monthly download allowance just to do anything and I'd be stuck whenever my connection went down. Concerned about security as well."

Astoundingly, just under a third of people (28%) admitted to not knowing what cloud computing was. This will come as worrying news to companies like Apple and Google who are pushing cloud computing as the future of data storage. Even more worryingly for companies looking to champion the cloud, only 16% of people had already switched to the cloud or were planning too, with 10% of these having already made the switch and the remaining 6% looking to do so "but not immediately". Interestingly, some poll respondents considered themselves as cloud users due to the fact that they have updated their iPhone's to iOS 5 or because they stored some files on Dropbox or a web-based email client. Forum user gengiscant claimed that the cloud was good for backing up files "As yet another backup it is useful. I already used Dropbox and have now got access to the iCloud so I really do not have any problems with it."

The remaining 18% of the 520 people that took part in our poll voted for the option "I haven't made up my mind yet". Once again voters took to our forum to further explain their choice. canarieslover stared that he/she felt the current generation of computer users were not completely sold on the idea of cloud computing due to safety and security fears "I could not possibly commit to having any of my data where I did not have some measure of control over it's safety. For the next generation it may become a natural way of working, providing that no security issues raise their head, but for me I still back up to external media.". Meanwhile morddwyd said that current internet connection speeds were part of the problem for the slow uptake of cloud computing, he thought that his current speeds of "6 megs, 7 on a good day?" were not fast enough to handle large data transfers.

To see the the results of our cloud computing poll click here.


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