May 12, 2010 – Of the 1,000-plus U.S. consumers responding to a 2010 ABI Research survey on consumer cloud computing, the majority are hesitant to pay anything for use of a cloud-based service site, according to results released this week.

Most cloud-based backup and storage sites provide consumer services either entirely free or free at the entry level, but several provide a more robust offering on a paid basis. According to ABI Research, behind the price/cost issue, the primary reason most consumers considered using a cloud-based application was accessibility of content from any Internet-connected computer. More than 143 million consumers took advantage of applications in the cloud in 2009, and this is forecast to grow to nearly 160.6 million by the end of 2015.

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