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Cloud Storage Not Essential For Germany, Canada and Australia – GfK

But appreciated by Latin America countries
This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2015.08.04

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Latin America countries have highest numbers strongly agreeing that cloud storage is essential to them but Germany, Canada and Australia are not convinced.

Internationally, nearly a third of all surveyed strongly agree that cloud storage is essential to them, with agreement peaking in Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, China and Russia.

GfK asked Internet users in 22 countries about how strongly they agree or disagree with the statement "it is essential for me to access or store my photos, documents, music, and other content in the cloud" (with cloud defined as "a secure Internet location that you can access from any location or device".)

Almost a third (31%) indicate strong agreement (top two boxes in a 7-point scale) that the cloud is essential for them - consisting of 13% who agree completely and 18% who are next to agreeing completely.

This compares to 18% who disagree (bottom two boxes in a 7-point scale) that the cloud is essential for them - made up of 10% who don't agree at all and 8% who are just short of total disagreement.

Arno Hummerston, global director of digital market intelligence at GfK, comments: "With a significant percentage of everyday people saying thecloud is essential to them, there is cear market potential for technology companies offering services that enhance the cloud experience - for example, increased security or customizable services, such as digital photograph albums which can easily be shared with other people.

"The growing attraction of the cloud is not so much about storage - a decent external HDD delivers that - but about convenience: being able to access files from any device or location, without having to carry around an external HDD or USB stick. It also eliminates the risk of breaking or losing your storage device and all the items it contains. In particular, the cloud offers a simple way to secure the photos and videos taken with smartphones, when their internal storage capacity becomes full or the device is not accessible - with the bonus that you can then access your images from any of your devices. Bearing these usage reasons in mind will help businesses tailor their offers to resonate with the growing cloud market."

International agreement with the statement:
"It is essential for me to access or store my content in the cloud"
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30-39 year olds most dependent on the cloud
Overall, the group most dependent on the cloud is the 30-39 year olds. In this age group, 37% place themselves in the top two boxes for agreeing that the cloud is essential to them to access or store their photos, documents, music, and other content - compared to just 12% in the bottom two boxes for saying it's not essential. They are closely followed by those aged 20-29, with 35% in top two boxes for agreement and 13% in bottom two boxes for disagreement.

It's only when we look at the older age groups that the balance swings the other way. For those aged 50-59, only a quarter (24%) strongly or completely agree (top 2 boxes out of 7-point scale) that the cloud is essential to them, while 29% disagree (bottom two boxes). And the divide for those aged 60 or over is even clearer, with just 19% placing themselves in the top two boxes, while over a third (35%) indicate strongly that the cloud is not essential to them (bottom two boxes).

Latin Americans cloud enthusiasts
Germans, Canadians and Australians yet to be convinced
Looking at individual countries, Mexico is the clear cloud leader, with almost half (49%) of its online population giving top-two agreement that the cloud is essential for them. They are followed by Brazil at 44%, Turkey (43%), China (40%), and Russia (37%). Argentina, which completes the Latin America countries included in the survey, also shows high cloud dependency, with over a third (36%) of the population placing themselves in the top two boxes agreeing that the cloud is essential for them.

The other end of the scale is dominated by Germany, where half (50%) of the online population strongly disagree (bottom two boxes) that the cloud is essential. They are followed by Canada (39%), Australia (37%) and Sweden (34%).

"For me, it is interesting that i is mainly countries that adopted the nternet early on, that do not see cloud storage as essential," comments Hummerston. "Late Internet adopter markets, which tend to be more mobile-oriented, having leap-frogged PCs, have more people who say cloud storage is essential. The implication is that those who started off on PCs or laptops (which have large internal storage) now have a significant mental adjustment to make, in accepting cloud storage. But those who have mostly only ever used mobile devices find cloud storage normal."

International agreement with the statement:
"It is essential for me to access or store my content in the cloud"
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GfK conducted an online survey (face to face in Ukraine) with over 26,000 people aged 15 or older in 22 countries. Fieldwork was carried out in summer 2014. In the countries surveyed online, the data have been weighted to reflect the demographic composition of the online population age 15+ in each market. In Ukraine (face to face interviews) the study is representative of the top-tier urban population aged 15+ excluding the lowest SES levels and was restricted to people who used the Internet within the last 30 days. The countries included in this press release are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, Ukraine and USA.

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