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A View of Cloud Storage from Cloud Expo 2012 New York

Attendees indicate cloud storage as the most widespread cloud initiative

As part of our presence at Cloud Expo in New York two weeks ago, we conducted a survey at our TwinStrata booth (in return from some quite popular storage hogs).

More than 100 attendees participated and the results were rather enlightening.

For example:

  • 5 out of 6 respondents indicated that they were either already using or plan to use cloud storage in some capacity – making it the most widely planned cloud initiative (even more than software as a service).
  • Although security was the most frequently cited objection to cloud storage, more than half (58%) of respondents did not indicate any security concerns.
  • 50 percent of small businesses with between 51-250 employees have been using cloud computing for three years or more, making it the most experienced group.

A view of cloud adoption by type, as reported by attendees of Cloud Expo NY, June 2012

Despite the hubbub around disaster recovery, 51% of respondents cited scalability and easy storage provisioning as the greatest value provided by cloud storage. When broken down further, however, we found that 55% of cloud storage users cited disaster recovery as a key benefit, compared to just 28% of all non users. Such a difference suggests that while data protection in support of disaster recovery may not be a primary reason to move to cloud storage, once deployed, it becomes a fairly significant ancillary benefit.

The results in the report demonstrate a clear trajectory: Although cloud storage has not been the most widespread application to date, an increasing number of organizations are turning to cloud storage to help alleviate the pain associated with needing to constantly reprovision new storage.

Download the five-page report to read the rest of the findings.

More Stories By Nicos Vekiarides

Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of TwinStrata. He has spent over 20 years in enterprise data storage, both as a business manager and as an entrepreneur and founder in startup companies.

Prior to TwinStrata, he served as VP of Product Strategy and Technology at Incipient, Inc., where he helped deliver the industry's first storage virtualization solution embedded in a switch. Prior to Incipient, he was General Manager of the storage virtualization business at Hewlett-Packard. Vekiarides came to HP with the acquisition of StorageApps where he was the founding VP of Engineering. At StorageApps, he built a team that brought to market the industry's first storage virtualization appliance. Prior to StorageApps, he spent a number of years in the data storage industry working at Sun Microsystems and Encore Computer. At Encore, he architected and delivered Encore Computer's SP data replication products that were a key factor in the acquisition of Encore's storage division by Sun Microsystems.

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