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More companies turn to cloud storage service providers

Cloud storage is approaching critical mass with nearly half of companies sending data into the ether.

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Nearly half the companies polled in our most recent cloud storage survey say they're using one or more cloud storage...

service providers to store an average of 24% of their total data.

While backup is still the most favored application for cloud storage with 63% of respondents saying at least some of the backup data goes to the cloud, other applications are gaining momentum as well: disaster recovery was cited by 44% of respondents, followed closely by collaboration/file sharing (41%), archiving (40%), primary storage (38%) and nearline storage (19%).

It's not so surprising that backup, DR, file sharing and archiving lead the list as each has been mentioned frequently as a potential cloud storage killer app. But with 38% indicating that they're also sending live, production primary data to the cloud, it could signal a shift in the perception of cloud storage and a greater level of comfort with cloud storage security.

That said, security was still cited more frequently (50%) as a concern related to cloud storage than any other factor. The cost of cloud storage loomed large, too, with capacity fees a concern of 32% of respondents, followed by transaction costs at 28%.

Still the sheer volume of data getting parked in the cloud is growing. Among our survey group, 31% said they had more than 25 TB in the cloud, with 8% telling us that they have more than 100 TB sitting on cloud storage.

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This was last published in May 2015

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If you use a cloud storage service provider, what's the most favored application?
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Dropbox. Basic sync-n-share. 
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Hi, Brian--
Do you use Dropbox for backup too? Or don't you back up to the cloud..? If you do use Dropbox for backup, have you encountered any shortcomings to using a sync 'n share service for backup?
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I also decided to use cloud storage in my company to reduce costs. I'm still a little bit worried about information security, but let's see what happens. So far, I'm satisfied.
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