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Use of cloud services extends past backup
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of August 2014 Vol. 13 No. 6
If you believed the buzz, you would think cloud storage had replaced all other forms of storage and that empty racks now filled the rows in data centers. Well, we aren't that far along with the cloud storage revolution, but companies are definitely making their moves toward the cloud, albeit more as an evolutionary process. Our most recent Snapshot survey reveals that nearly half of all companies use cloud storage services to some extent. And while cloud backup is the most mature and still most used of these services, the real penetration cloud storage has achieved is reflected in the 30% of reporting companies that use it to store data for applications other than data protection. On the backup side of the equation, 74% use cloud-based services to protect end-user files, but more than half (54%) stash mission-critical data in backup clouds. On average, companies have 11.5 TB of backup data tucked away in their cloud backup services. Non-backup apps represent even more cloud-based data -- respondent organizations have an average ...
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