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Cloud Computing Baffles IT Workers

Forty-eight per cent of IT workers didn't know the meaning of "cloud computing", while 54 per cent of respondents that use apps like Gmail or didn't recognize them as cloud-based, according to a survey of mid-size businesses by cloud service provider Virtacore.

The survey, commissioned by cloud service provider Virtacore Systems, polled 210 representatives of companies with between 100 and 1,000 employees. Roughly one-third of the respondents identified themselves as members of IT departments, while the other two-thirds indicated they were on the "business" side -- in functions such as sales, finance, or management.

Nearly half (48 per cent) of those in IT operations said they did not have a clear understanding of "the cloud".

One of the survey's questions asked: "Do you feel that the cloud has potential for your business?" 49 per cent answered: "I don't know." Asked if their company used any cloud-based applications or services, 48 per cent also responded with "I don't know," highlighting the need for marketplace education from cloud vendors.

The survey showed that many workers have already adopted some form of cloud computing without realising it. Of the respondents who said that their organization used Web-based software for email, CRM, productivity, conferencing, and other uses, 54 per cent did not identify them as cloud applications. The survey cited examples such as Gmail, Google Docs,, MobileMe, and WebEx in its question.

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