LONDON, December 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The UK is behind the curve with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) adoption, according to new research from RainStor, an infrastructure software company that provides the leading repository for historical structured data.

The findings show that just 22 per cent of UK companies are already using a SaaS application, compared with 49 per cent in the US. A further 28 per cent of UK companies intend to make use of SaaS in the foreseeable future, compared with 42 per cent of US companies.

The research also found that UK companies that have adopted SaaS are significantly more cautious than their US counterparts; 82 per cent of UK companies using SaaS would like to take a copy of their data at least once a week compared to 46 per cent of US companies.

UK companies also cite far more reasons to take a copy of SaaS data than US companies and appear to be less willing to fully adopt a cloud model for business applications. When keeping a copy of SaaS data, 38 per cent of UK companies would prefer to keep the copy on-site, rather than with another third party cloud provider, compared with just 5 per cent of US companies.

Andy Ben-Dyke, CTO at RainStor said: UK companies clearly have a degree of apprehension towards SaaS applications and cloud computing. That's quite surprising given the pressure on IT budgets, but it is incumbent on the IT industry to address these security and liability concerns. The concept of SaaS data escrow and providing companies with a facility to keep copies of their SaaS data will go a long way to minimising these concerns and speed up cloud adoption.

The research is based on a sample of 400 senior IT decision makers, across the US (300) and the UK (100), working within commercial organisations with 500 to 5000 employees.

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About RainStor

RainStor is a technology pioneer in online information preservation. The company's specialized data repository significantly reduces the total cost of preserving information through extreme data compression, simplified data management and near-perfect scalability on commodity hardware. RainStor enables partners including Informatica, Adaptive Mobile and OnPoint Technologies to deliver online data retention solutions that reduce the cost and complexity of preserving information in the enterprise or the cloud. RainStor is the optimal data management and storage technology for application archiving, application retirement, SaaS Data Escrow(TM), and log and security event management solutions.

RainStor is a privately held company with offices in San Francisco, USA and Gloucester, UK. For more information, visit

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