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Survey looks into cloud storage views

A recent survey has revealed user attitudes and adoption plans for cloud storage. It found that nearly three-quarters of cloud storage users estimated they could recover their data within 24 hours.

Respondents were attendees at the recent Cloud Computing Expo at Javits Center in New York June 11-14, an audience expected to offer more sophisticated insight into the use of cloud computing than a general IT audience. Seventy-three percent of respondents have implemented some form of cloud computing already, with more than a quarter (28 percent) having done so for three or more years.

Of the respondents, more people have implemented or plan to implement cloud storage than any other cloud computing initiative, including software-as-a-service.

Among other desirable benefits, more than a third of respondents indicated they value off-site data protection for disaster recovery (40 percent), easier access to backup/archive (37 percent) and the comparative affordability of cloud storage over hardware (35 percent).

Nearly three-quarters of cloud storage users estimated they could recover their data within 24 hours (72 percent), a 10-point difference from non-cloud-storage users (62 percent). In contrast, more than 12 percent of organizations that do not use cloud storage responded that it would take "more than a week" to recover their data in the event of a disaster, whereas only three percent of cloud storage users said the same.

The greatest adoption of cloud computing thus far is in small organizations (between 51-250 employees) and large enterprises (more than 5000 employees). Half of respondents representing organizations with 51-250 employees say they have implemented some form of cloud computing for three years or more, and 35 percent of organizations with 5000 or more employees. Smaller organizations are turning to cloud computing as an easier to manage, lower cost alternative to traditional computing, while global enterprises often seek the accessibility of cloud computing as they seek to support a geographically dispersed workforce.

The survey was sponsored by TwinStrata, Inc.

Full results are available at http://bit.ly/cs-survey-2012results

•Date: 29th June 2012 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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