SOURCE: Storage Strategies NOW

Storage Strategies NOW

April 04, 2011 09:00 ET

Storage Strategies NOW Releases Findings of New Cloud Storage Report and Survey

Research Highlights Challenges Businesses Face as They Seek to Store Data in the Cloud; Report Includes Results of a Co-Sponsored SNIA/SSG-NOW IT Professionals Cloud Storage Adoption Survey; and, Report Provides Practical Advice, Customer Usage Scenarios and an Extensive Solutions Directory to Help Customers Make Informed Purchasing Decisions

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - April 4, 2011) - STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD - Storage Strategies NOW (SSG-NOW), a specialist storage analysis and research organization, today released the findings of a new report and survey on cloud storage. Titled, "Cloud Storage: Adoption, Practice and Deployment," the report defines cloud storage, outlines the explosive growth in cloud storage and details how small and enterprise-size businesses are adopting and deploying cloud storage services for backup, archive, email and bulk storage data.

The report also includes the results of an IT Professionals Cloud Adoption Survey, co-sponsored by the Storage Networking Industry Association, which presents information on the status of the cloud storage market.

Key findings of the report and survey are:

  • Over 57% of the respondents expect to adopt cloud storage;
  • They will store e-mail, front office application data and backup data in the cloud, in that order; and,
  • Standards are viewed as more important for public cloud implementations than private clouds.

"The IT Professionals Cloud Adoption Survey sheds new light on how organizations will deploy cloud storage services," says Deni Connor, principal analyst for SSG-NOW. "Among the findings are that standards for cloud storage are viewed as important in advancing the industry and that for many organizations, the security of data stored in the cloud isn't as much of a concern as lack of budget is."

"With the SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) standard gaining commercial implementation, the marketplace can reduce vendor lock-in while enabling increased interoperability and data portability across service providers, says Wayne M. Adams, Chairman, SNIA Board of Directors. "CDMI is cited in the recent Storage Strategies NOW Cloud Storage market research study as very important standard for public/hybrid clouds that will increasingly be part of cloud RFPs."

The new report outlines technology solutions from more than 90 hardware and software vendors, cloud service providers and organizations with cloud storage initiatives. It also includes detailed product validation and pricing information and real-world use case scenarios, as well as best practices for selecting, deploying and managing cloud storage solutions.

Information for this report was obtained through a number of sources including vendor questionnaires and interviews, end-user and managed service provider (MSP) interactions, available market data and a survey of IT professionals, conducted in the first quarter of 2011.

Pricing and Availability
"Cloud Storage: Adoption, Practice and Deployment" is available for purchase at The report, co-sponsored by the Storage Networking Industry Association, Avere, Cirtas, Cleversafe, KineticD, Metalogix, Nirvanix, Reldata, Scality, StorageCraft and VaultLogix, is $10,000.

About Storage Strategies NOW
Storage Strategies NOW (SSG-NOW) is an industry analyst firm that offers specialized analysis of the storage market for IT users, business and technology leaders. SSG-NOW focuses on the impact of storage solutions in today's evolving data center environment.

SSG-NOW, founded in 2007 by long-time storage observer Deni Connor, delivers market and industry opinion in a straightforward, simple and easy to understand manner.

About the SNIA
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA web site at

Contact Information

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    Deni Connor
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