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New Survey Finds More Americans Migrating to the Cloud

June 11, 2014
By Frank Griffin
TMCnet Contributing Writer

The evolution of computer technology has made it possible for us to carry a smartphone with a processor clocking in at 2.5GHZ, 4GB of RAM (News - Alert) and up to 128GB storage. We sometimes take the technology for granted, but if you take a breather to appreciate just these three specs, you can't help but be astonished. All this computing capability along with broadband wireless is allowing us to access even more technology which was previously only available on wired devices, cloud computing. Using your smartphone or tablet, you can now access powerful applications, big data analysis, gaming and more in the cloud. This has led more people to adopt cloud solutions, and a new survey commissioned by SOASTA (News - Alert) has revealed two in five Americans are using the technology.

The Cloud Computing Survey was conducted by Harris Poll with 2,051 adults to determine the extent in which cloud computing is part of their everyday life. The online survey showed 39 percent of Americans use the cloud, and 86 percent said the technology has improved the lives of working respondents.

Many individuals have seen the benefits cloud technology provides in their workplace. Whether it is a SMB or a large enterprise, cloud technology has introduced efficiency and cost cutting measures employees witness every day. This has led many employees that work in a company with cloud solutions to adopt it in their personal lives.

The survey revealed:

  • Students were most likely to use the cloud at 55 percent followed by the employed at 44 percent, and then the unemployed at 33 percent; with retired Americans with the lowest total at 24 percent
  • Millennials between the ages of 18-34 used the cloud the most of any age group at 54 percent
  • Households with children were more likely to use the cloud over households with no children at 52 to 33 percent
  • Regionally the highest percentage of Americans who use the cloud live in the South at 44 percent, with the lowest rate going to residents in the Midwest at 29 percent

When the people in the survey were asked how cloud improved their lives, they said it simplified file sharing and collaboration with co-workers as well as giving them peace of mind because they didn't have to worry about backing up data.

"SOASTA was an early cloud computing pioneer with our cloud testing approach. Now our latest research shows that the cloud is increasingly recognized as a vital, everyday technology used by consumers to make their lives easier. Thirty-nine percent of Americans now use the cloud in some way, and that number will only grow in the next few years," said Tom Lounibos (News - Alert), CEO of SOASTA. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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