13 July 2011 15:04:52
Concerns with security and performance in the cloud seem to be falling by the wayside, as a recent study from the Storage Networking Industry Association and Storage Strategies NOW found public cloud storage adoption is on the rapid incline.
According to the study, which surveyed 133 CIOs and CTOs in North America, nearly 75 percent of organizations are currently using cloud-based storage or are planning to implement it in the near future, Network World reported.
Scalability and ease of deployment were two benefits cited by those using cloud storage. Given the growing storage demands facing companies, storage solutions that can be scaled up - and down - as necessary can be a significant advantage for businesses.
Additionally, as one expert told Network World, companies implementing the cloud often find they can deploy it more quickly that most on-premises solutions.
"We are seeing end-user organizations going around IT and directly contracting cloud storage and using it within days if not hours," said Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez.
Security has historically been one roadblock in the growth of the cloud. However, more experts now seem to agree that the cloud can provide equal, if not greater, data protection than many on-premise solutions, due to the more sophisticated resources and knowledgeable personnel of many cloud vendors.
-McAfee Cloud Security