Cloudian Survey: Hybrid Cloud Storage Use to Accelerate in Coming Year

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Use of hybrid cloud storage will gain momentum during the next 12 months with larger organizations adopting the approach most rapidly.

That’s according to research published Wednesday by Cloudian, based on a survey of 400 organizations in the United States and United Kingdom. Among those surveyed, 28 percent already use hybrid cloud storage, with a further 40 percent planning to implement within the next year. Only 19 percent have no plans to adopt.

Cloudian's Jon ToorJon Toor, Cloudian’s chief marketing officer, tells Channel Partners that partners can provide organizations with offerings advice and implementation services. A starting point for partners would be to either work with vendors to deploy a hybrid cloud in their own lab, or even explore this technology on their own, he said.

“The channel opportunity here is to help customers with this journey,” he said. “To date, cloud storage and on-premises storage have largely been treated as two separate entities. This adds complexity and provides no dynamic means of deciding what data goes where. What’s needed now are solutions that simplify and allow IT managers to capitalize on the best attributes of both worlds. Hybrid cloud does that, but IT managers need help identifying and implementing these new solutions.”

Organizations are looking to hybrid cloud storage to support a variety of workloads, according to the survey. Data backup is the most popular use case, with 64 percent of respondents reporting deployment or plans to deploy. Web infrastructure, application development/testing and technical applications also are driving the adoption of hybrid cloud storage products and services.{ad}

Decisions about whether to adopt hybrid cloud storage are being driven by multiple factors, such as external and internal data governance rules, the survey said. Some 59 percent of respondents report that not all of their data can go to the public cloud and that more than half of their data must remain on-site. Most commonly cited among the data types that must remain on premises are financial data and customer records, mostly for security, governance and compliance rules, and driven by both internal policy and external regulation.

When considering a hybrid cloud storage strategy, concerns about interoperability between on-premises and public cloud storage (40 percent) are only exceeded by those around security (62 percent) and cost (55 percent).

Some 76 percent of respondents moving to hybrid cloud storage have yet to decide which interface to adopt.

“When compared with the fact that 68 percent of users plan to deploy by the end of 2017, this is a huge opportunity for channel partners to provide guidance right now,” Toor said.

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