According to new research announced today by CTERA Networks, the growing cloud storage market is being driven by organisations leveraging cloud storage for a variety of file-related needs. The report highlights the challenges that enterprises face providing cloud storage and file sharing services, while reducing IT costs and maintaining security and data control.
The 2015 Enterprise Cloud Storage Report from CTERA shows businesses still have security and data governance concerns around EFSS (enterprise file sync and share) adoption. With 35% of organisations experiencing a corporate data leakage in 2014 as a result of employees sharing files via often-unsanctioned FSS services (a four percent increase from 2013). According to CTERA this trend is likely to increase as enterprises battle to gain more visibility and control over information stored in the cloud. For example, 83% of organisations have established corporate policies that either sanction the use of specific SaaS-based file sharing solutions or forbid their use entirely.
Huge opportunity exists for providers of private cloud storage tools and those providing storage infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to reduce costs, while maintaining security and control. Nearly three out of four companies (73%) have implemented or are considering an alternative to public FSS, and two thirds of those favour private or “virtual private” cloud storage solutions over SaaS solutions. In addition, 59% of those organisations indicated that they favour a private cloud FSS solution run either on hosted (virtual private) infrastructure or in their own data centre.
Pressure exists for organisations to establish contemporary cloud storage solutions that provide the visibility and control required to meet enterprise needs and industry regulations. Forty-two percent of enterprises in the more heavily regulated financial services, government and life sciences industries and 40% of organisations with 10,000 employees or more prefer a completely private cloud that does not rely on external hosted infrastructure.
Additionally cloud storage gateways are replacing and augmenting traditional file servers and tape storage, particularly in remote or branch offices (ROBO). One third (33%) of all organisations with more than 50 ROBOs have implemented on-premise cloud storage gateways that support both the private cloud and public cloud, and 27% of all companies have implemented them. In addition, 36% of all organisations are currently considering implementing cloud storage gateways.
“Cloud storage is simplifying and accelerating data services across the enterprise. However, an increasing number of data leakage events, and a desire to exercise more control over file sharing and data protection are forcing organisations to investigate and deploy alternatives to public cloud storage services,” said Rani Osnat, VP of Strategic Marketing at CTERA. “In our second year of research, the trend continues, demonstrating that organisations are leveraging cloud storage for efficiency gains and cost savings, while combatting security, control and governance requirements with virtual-private or fully-private topologies.”