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Survey bursting with cloud information

TwinStrata, an provider of cloud-integrated storage solutions, has announced the results of its 2012 cloud storage adoption survey. Conducted during the second half of 2012, the survey focuses on the attitudes and experiences of a cloud-friendly sample group as determined by their attendance at one of two cloud-focused conferences.

The survey results provide an early window into how the cloud computing market in general, and the cloud storage market in particular, is maturing. The report can be downloaded at:

Among the key findings were:
•    80 per cent of cloud storage users claim they can recover their data in less than 24 hours, with nearly a quarter estimating instantaneous recovery. In comparison, nearly one in six respondents who do not use cloud storage said it would take more than a week to recovery their data if needed;

•    While both software as a service and infrastructure as a service have greater degrees of current implementations, cloud storage represents the greatest number of planned implementations. Nearly 90 per cent of respondents either use or plan to use cloud storage;

•    Scalability and the need to easily manage growing storage needs was highlighted as the top value cloud storage could provide, with nearly two thirds of respondents indicating its value. Meanwhile, 68 per cent of current cloud storage users cited offsite data protection for disaster recovery as a key benefit, but only 26 per cent of users with no cloud storage plans said the same; and

•    More than two thirds of respondents with plans to implement cloud storage either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: 'It seems like we are always running out of storage.' By contrast, current cloud storage users scored a full 20 points lower on the same question.

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