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Forrester study: Security concerns inhibit enterprise cloud adoption

As 2009, which may forever be known as the “year of the cloud,” draws to an end, Forrester Research has concluded that security is the major reason why enterprises aren’t hopping on the public cloud bandwagon.

In the survey of more than 2,200 IT executives, 49% of respondents from enterprises and 51% from small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) cited security and privacy concerns as their top reason for not using cloud computing.

The study shows low interest in the use of the on-demand hosting of virtual servers, which has not changed since 2008. Only 4% of SMBs reported using pay-per-use hosting of virtual servers. On the other hand, interest in “green IT” initiatives that reduce the electrical demands of data centers rose to 60%, up from 51% last year.

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