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Computacenter Research Highlights the Danger of Consumer Cloud Storage Products

LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 11/19/12 -- Consumer Cloud Storage has started to change how we procure and use IT; it is not a 'one size fits all' solution, says Computacenter.

New research shows that 84% of employees are accessing and sharing company data using Consumer Cloud solutions like Dropbox and SkyDrive. The moment a file is moved into Dropbox or SkyDrive it's outside the control of the organisation that owns it. These Consumer Cloud products and services, sometimes referred to as 'stealth cloud' or 'shadow IT,' are edging their way into the corporate mainstream and the impact on business IT management could be disastrous.

Computacenter conducted research amongst 150 IT decision makers and the findings highlight the risks and the need for action, offers pointers as to what can be done and shows how important the issue of the Consumer Cloud really is.

The research was led by Cloud Practice Leader, Paul Casey, who said, "It's imperative that businesses address this problem now. It's clear that everyone knows the risks of consumer cloud products, but until the correct solutions are put in place, employees will continue to use them whatever the consequences."

56% of the IT decision makers surveyed say that they're worried that files and data could be accessed by the wrong people, or that the usage of Cloud services could lead to compliance breaches.

According to Information Week, the number of companies monitoring Cloud performance rose from 63% to 76% between 2011 and 2012.

To find out about the Consumer Cloud in the workplace visit http://www.itenabledbusiness.computacenter.com/the-danger-of-consumer-cloud/

Alternatively, you can join the debate by visiting http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Computacenter-UK-4443778?goback=%2Egna_4443778.

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