Thursday, December 29, 2011 10:02:17 PM
Enterprise cloud adoption soared in 2011 as IT decision-makers discovered the many advantages of the cloud, including reduced costs and increased flexibility. As the year comes to a close, many experts are predicting the next 12 months will include another round of cloud industry growth.
According to Network Computing, more companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses, will add cloud services for data storage purposes. Enterprises will look to hybrid cloud environments to provide the low-cost storage solutions, allowing businesses to gain the benefits of public cloud computing while securing some private data locally.
"At this point, customers are usually fine with not knowing much about their infrastructure," cloud computing expert Carl Brooks told the source. "As cloud computing techniques continue to become mainstream, enterprises are going to be very demanding of their vendors. Simply parking an array in the datacenter is no longer good enough. Customers want true, fully virtualized, automated, and discrete cloud storage solutions with APIs and hybrid capabilities."
Brooks said a large portion of companies will adopt cloud storage to permit service providers to manage the hybrid cloud environment, ultimately saving costs related to controlling data centers. A recent IBM survey found that 32 percent of companies are either storing data in the cloud or expect to soon adopt the technology.
-McAfee Cloud Security