Rackspace ‘Generation Cloud’ Research Shows Brits Could Be Stashing as Much as £24 Billion of Digital Assets in the Cloud

  Rackspace ‘Generation Cloud’ Research Shows Brits Could Be Stashing as Much
  as £24 Billion of Digital Assets in the Cloud

Business Wire

LONDON -- January 30, 2013

New research from Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company,
shows that Brits may be trusting the cloud* as never before with up to £24
billion** worth of digital assets stored remotely.

According to the survey, people are also keeping treasured memories in the
cloud with 68 per cent storing an average of 920 photos online. They’re also
storing an average of 226 music tracks and 45 video files in the cloud.

However, few are planning ahead with regards to what happens to these prized
assets when they die. Only 32 per cent of respondents have made any kind of
formal provision such as plans to share passwords with loved ones or leaving
details in a will. This means that billions of pounds*** of digital assets
could be potentially lost forever.

The study, ‘Generation Cloud 2012’, commissioned by Rackspace and backed by
quantitative third party research of 2,000 UK adults also reveals:

  *On average, people spend three hours every single day using cloud services
    – an increase of 45 minutes per day from 2011
  *We’re trusting the cloud with important data – over half (55 per cent) of
    the respondents store passwords in the cloud with 39% keeping important
    financial or legal documents in the cloud such as credit card numbers,
    bank statements, and copies of their will.
  *Security (cited by 57 per cent) and privacy (by 54 per cent) are the
    biggest concerns related to cloud services. Just 12 per cent said they
    ‘totally trust’ their cloud provider.

Fabio Torlini, VP at Rackspace, says: “It’s clear that the cloud has now
become a massive part of our lives as we host our most treasured possessions
in terms of both monetary and emotional value. With us already spending as
much as three hours a day using cloud services, it’s now not too difficult to
imagine a world where we no longer store data exclusively on our own computers
and devices as we get used to having all that matters to us available wherever
whenever we want it.”

Sarah Needham, Senior Associate at International law firm Taylor Wessing
concludes: “There is no doubt that cloud computing is the key trend for the
tech sector and for us as consumers over the short and long term. Consumers
must re think their approach to the data they put in the cloud and how they
can ensure that the content is protected as they wish after they die. The key
message is still to check site terms and conditions match what you expect will
be done with your data and consider including passwords in your will for your
executors to manage your data after you have gone. Don't rely on the
legislation tortoise to protect your data as the state will never be able to
catch up with the innovation hare.”

                                     ENDS

Notes to editors

Rackspace commissioned research house OnePoll™, a division of SWNS Media
Group, to survey 2,000 adults across the nation to provide a representative
sample of UK adults aged 18 years and over.

*When referring to ‘the cloud’, ‘cloud-based services’ and so on, Rackspace is
referring to the management and provision of applications, information and
data – i.e. computing power - as a service. Cloud services are usually
accessed and provided over the internet, often at no cost in the case of
consumer cloud services.

** The UK adult population over 18 in 2009 was 48.2 million, according to UK’s
Office for National Statistics (ONS). The average of amount of digital assets
that respondents reported they had stored electronically was £508. When this
average is multiplied by the ONS population number, it produces an amount
equal to £24.48 billion.

***68 per cent of the survey respondents answered that they have not
considered what will happen to their digital assets. 68 per cent of the total
asset figure of £24.48 billion (for the calculation above) produces a total of
approximately £16.64 billion, representing an amount of digital assets that
could potentially be lost (assuming that 100% that have not considered what
would happen to these assets would ultimately lose them).

About Rackspace

Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX) is the open cloud company, delivering open
technologies and powering more than 190,000 customers worldwide. Rackspace
provides its renowned Fanatical Support® across a broad portfolio of IT
products, including Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting and Dedicated
Hosting. The company offers choice, flexibility and freedom from vendor lock
in. Rackspace has been recognised by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100
Performing Technology Company and is featured on Sunday Times list of 100 Best
Companies to Work For. Rackspace was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by
Gartner Inc. in the “2011 Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting.”

Rackspace Limited, the UK subsidiary of Rackspace Hosting®, is headquartered
in San Antonio with offices and data centres around the world. For more
information, visit rackspace.co.uk.

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Contact:

Zuzana Bielikova
+4420-7009-3152
Rackspace@3-monkeys.co.uk
 
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