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Cloud gets less clear
Six months ago we saw some pretty impressive numbers for cloud storage adoption that, frankly, surprised us a bit. This time, it appears the early enthusiasm for cloud storage of primary data may be wearing off a little.
Sixteen percent of respondents said they use a cloud storage service for non-backup purposes, which is considerably lower than last fall but still an improvement of two percentage points over last spring’s tally. The current numbers are actually quite good, just not as eye-popping as those from last fall. And the dip in usage may be attributable to pilot programs that were in place at the end of last year that were one-off projects or that have not evolved into production implementation.
CURRENT CLOUD STORAGE USERS PLAN TO ADD MORE SERVICES
Enlarge CURRENT CLOUD STORAGE USERS PLAN TO ADD MORE SERVICES diagram.
Still, approximately 46% of survey takers said they’ll start using at least one primary or nearline data cloud storage service in 2011, a figure that’s also a little off from the rosier 52% recorded last fall. But cloud storage service providers should take heart from the success they’ve apparently had among current users. Those users seem eager to add to their cloud storage portfolios, with 45% expecting to add cloud storage for disaster recovery (DR) in 2011 and 36% expecting to add it for primary data.
Overall, considering both non-users and current cloud users, one-third plan to evaluate each of these cloud-related technologies or services:
- Private storage cloud products
- Hybrid storage arrays (integrated local storage and cloud storage)
- Cloud-based file sharing and synchronization
- Cloud-based archiving services
This was first published in May 2011