Cloud storage adoption is rising among small businesses, but concerns over reliability, cost and security remain.
Small and midsize businesses are turning to
cloud computing as an easier-to-manage, lower-cost alternative to traditional
computing, but concerns over security and cost of implementation remained
barriers to adoption, according to a survey of more than 100 companies by cloud
computing specialist Twin Strata.
Overall, five out of six respondents
indicated that they were either already using or plan to use cloud storage in
some capacity, making it the most widely planned cloud initiative even more
than software as a service (SaaS).
As the survey was conducted at the Cloud
Computing Expo, its not surprising that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of
respondents have implemented some form of cloud computing already, with more
than a quarter (28 percent) having done so for three or more years. Half of
smaller businesses (organizations with 51 to 250 employees) have implemented
some form of cloud computing for three years or more.
While cloud storage currently
ranks behind SaaS and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) initiatives, the
survey indicated the rise of big data and increased regulation is driving
businesses to cloud storage options, due to the scalability of cloud-based
platforms and the need for organizations to easily manage growing storage
Concerns over security and the loss of
control remain barriers to more widespread cloud storage adoptionthe single
biggest inhibitor to adoption based on the results; however, that was cited by
just 42 percent of respondents, indicating fears over the stability and
security of cloud storage are receding. Other barriers to entry include cost or
concerns over cost (24 percent), performance and reliability issues (24
percent) and compliance issues (22 percent).
While more than a third of respondents also
indicated value in areas such as off-site data protection for disaster
recovery, easier access to backup/archive and ease of budgeting, its clear
that storage provisioning is a driving factor for the growth in cloud storage,
the report noted. In fact, nearly 57 percent of respondents agreed or strongly
agreed with the statement, It seems like we are always running out of
For organizations that have adopted a cloud
storage solution, there was a stark difference in confidence levelsnot to
mention downtimewhen it came to data recovery in the wake of a disaster.
Thirteen percent of organizations that do not use cloud storage estimated that
it would take more than a week to recover their data in the event of a
disaster. This was in contrast to just 3 percent of organizations that use
The survey found nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of cloud
storage users estimated they could recover their data within 24 hours, whereas
less than two-thirds (62 percent) of non-cloud storage users estimated the
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.