Canadians lead the world in internet usage and online social networking, so it comes as somewhat of a surprise that we're acting so cautious and reserved when it comes to the rising technology of cloud computing.
In terms of adopting cloud computing as a standard business practise, Canada ranks below Japan, France, Germany, and its Southern neighbour, the U.S., which actually leads adoption rates. For example, 70 percent of American businesses use some form of server virtualization, while just 47 percent of Canadian business do. The U.K. and Germany sit much higher than Canada as well at 68 and 61 percent.
The chief reason for caution is security, of course—but in a close second is confusion. Many business are asking, "What the heck is cloud computing, anyway?" But as their questions are answered, security still lingers heavy in their mind, and for good reason too: 43 percent of companies globally currently using a cloud computing service reported a data security lapse or issue with the cloud service their company is using within the last 12 months. Ironically, Canadian businesses had the less issues than average with cloud computing security at just 38 percent.