It's taken a while for cloud backup to catch on, but 31% of the companies we surveyed use cloud backup or recovery for at least part of their data protection system.
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Cloud backup is the most mature cloud storage service, with roots that go back to the mid-1990s and a number of well-established consumer services with now-familiar names. It's taken a little while for cloud backup to catch on as a viable solution for protecting business data, but today nearly one-third (31%) of companies use cloud backup or recovery for at least part of their data protection system. Those users say that on average 55% of their backup data goes to the cloud, representing about 13.2 TB of data.
Since data security is usually the chief concern of storage shops considering cloud backup, it may be a little surprising that 70% say they back up primary data to the cloud; apps that you would expect to be good candidates for cloud backup -- such as archiving (32%) and mobile device backup (27%) -- are also popular. A lot of those cloud backup users (71%) also rely on the cloud for disaster recovery (DR), and 65% of those companies plan to spin up virtual servers in the cloud if a disaster strikes. But some companies are still wary of putting all their DR eggs into a cloud basket. One respondent noted, "Our biggest concern is retrieval of our data from the cloud in a timely manner in recovering from a catastrophic disaster."
Thirty percent of the surveyed companies also use cloud storage services for non-data protection applications: 17% store secondary data in the cloud and 15% send primary into the ether. And 35% say at least some employees at their companies use file share-and-sync services.
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Rich Castagna is editorial director of TechTarget's Storage Media Group.