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Near-term Cloud Storage Usage Plans Double in Past Six Months

Cloud Storage Adoption Survey Results Graph

Though a relatively new offering, particularly in the enterprise space, Storage-as-a-Service is capturing interest and is being adopted at an increasing rate.

 

October 2009

In a survey of over 400 IT professionals we completed in October of 2009, IT managers voiced their likelihood for implementing cloud storage.

 

While only 6% were then using cloud storage, 9% predicted they would be within 12 months and another 32% said they would be in the future. That’s a total of 47% of the respondents. On the flip side, 53% said they had no current or future plan.

 

This is hardly a “death knoll” for cloud storage. Rather, it shows a very significant portion of the market that is aware of and interested in a new technology.

 

April 2010

Barely six months later in April of 2010, another survey showed a marked shift towards even more aggressive adoption or adoption planning.

 

At this point, 8% of the respondents were already using cloud storage, 18% predicted that they would be using cloud storage within 12 months and an additional 28% thought they would be using cloud storage in the future. In all, 54% of the respondents were or were planning to use cloud storage.

 

At a quick glance, perhaps the numbers don’t look that different, but it’s a very significant shift in a short 6-month time span with a 33% growth in the “already using” category and a whopping 100% growth in the “will use within 12 months” category.

 

October 2009April 2010% Change
Already using cloud storage6%8%+33.3%
Will use cloud storage in next 12 months9%18%+100%
Will use cloud storage beyond 12 months32%28%-12.5%
Will not use cloud storage53%46%-13.2%

 

I see that as significant market movement in the enterprise space, not always known for fast moves. It portends even larger numbers within another year.

Cloud Storage Adoption Survey Results Graph

Though a relatively new offering, particularly in the enterprise space, Storage-as-a-Service is capturing interest and is being adopted at an increasing rate.

 

October 2009

In a survey of over 400 IT professionals we completed in October of 2009, IT managers voiced their likelihood for implementing cloud storage.

 

While only 6% were then using cloud storage, 9% predicted they would be within 12 months and another 32% said they would be in the future. That’s a total of 47% of the respondents. On the flip side, 53% said they had no current or future plan.

 

This is hardly a “death knoll” for cloud storage. Rather, it shows a very significant portion of the market that is aware of and interested in a new technology.

 

April 2010

Barely six months later in April of 2010, another survey showed a marked shift towards even more aggressive adoption or adoption planning.

 

At this point, 8% of the respondents were already using cloud storage, 18% predicted that they would be using cloud storage within 12 months and an additional 28% thought they would be using cloud storage in the future. In all, 54% of the respondents were or were planning to use cloud storage.

 

At a quick glance, perhaps the numbers don’t look that different, but it’s a very significant shift in a short 6-month time span with a 33% growth in the “already using” category and a whopping 100% growth in the “will use within 12 months” category.

 

October 2009April 2010% Change
Already using cloud storage6%8%+33.3%
Will use cloud storage in next 12 months9%18%+100%
Will use cloud storage beyond 12 months32%28%-12.5%
Will not use cloud storage53%46%-13.2%

 

I see that as significant market movement in the enterprise space, not always known for fast moves. It portends even larger numbers within another year.

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