Big firms shunning public cloud storage: Survey

87 per cent of respondents have no plans to use the public cloud, concerned about handing their data to an external service

Only 10 per cent of large corporations are considering the public cloud as a place to store even their lowest tier of data for archive purposes, according to a survey by TheInfoPro, a market research firm.

The survey of 247 Fortune 1000 corporations was released last month. Asked about storage-as-a-service, 87 per cent of the respondents indicated that they had no plans to use the public cloud, 10 per cent said that they would use it, and three per cent indicated that they weren't sure.

Large corporations are worried about turning their data over to an external service; they're also concerned about performance, said Marco Coulter, an analyst at TheInfoPro. "We're seeing infrastructure in the cloud. We're seeing applications in the cloud, email in the cloud, HR and CRM in the cloud, but [storage] is the piece that doesn't make sense for them," he said.

Coulter added that, given the survey results, it isn't surprising that cloud storage vendors such as Iron Mountain, Cirtas and EMC have recently pulled back from the market.

Private cloud adoption was a different story, however, with most respondents saying they face virtually no obstacles or challenges when it comes to deploying private clouds.

The survey also showed that automated data tiering is one of today's hottest storage initiatives.

This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on Computerworld.com.

Read more about storage in Computerworld's Storage Topic Center.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags iron mountainstorageInfoProinternetcloud computingemc

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Lucas Mearian

Computerworld (US)

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?