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One year earlier, usage increased by 9 percentage points. According to a representative survey by consulting firm KPMG, 40 percent of companies in Germany currently use cloud computing services. "The trend towards cloud computing is unbroken, but the NSA affair has put a damper on growth, " said Bitkom President Dieter Kempf. 13 percent of the companies had put back specifically planned cloud projects. Eleven percent abandoned even existing cloud solutions.

In cloud computing, IT applications and storage over the network ("the cloud") are deployed as needed and billed based on actual usage. Advocates of the cloud promise more flexibility, almost unlimited scalability, and lower costs. Above all, critics of the cloud concept complain about data protection problems. (Dpa / mb)