Cloud storage is now used by more than half of businesses
According to a study by Pure Storage, cloud storage is now used by 58% of companies, to the detriment of traditional on-site storage. The cloud is also set to continue to grow in the coming months, with 57% of companies surveyed wishing to use it more in the next two years.
Cloud storage has taken precedence over on-premises storage. This is what a study by Pure Storage, the flash storage specialist, reveals to more than 9,000 IT managers from around the world, including nearly 500 in France. According to the study, cloud storage is now used by 58% of companies, compared to 42% for on-premise storage . In detail, 22% run their applications on the public cloud, and 23% on the private cloud.
Cloud storage: 57% of companies plan to use it more
In addition, the cloud should continue to grow in the coming months since 57% of managers questioned say they want to use it more. 51% want to use more private cloud services, and 43% plan to rely on SaaS (software as a service) .
There are several reasons that push companies to turn to the cloud. The main ones are availability (50%), cost reduction (44%) and performance (44%). On the other hand, the question of security remains the main obstacle to adoption. Thus, 66% of French companies have decided to reduce their use of the public cloud in the past 12 months for security reasons .
Cloud storage: security, concentration, costs… the cloud still poses many problems
Security is not the only problem with the cloud. Another study, published by Forrester in early August 2017, highlights the problem of concentration in the public cloud sector. In the SaaS market, Microsoft, Google and Adobe together account for 90% of the market share. Similarly, in the IaaS and PaaS segment, Amazon Web Services, Azure and GPC had 75% market share and could reach 80% market share in 2020. Amazon Web Services in particular largely dominates the market .
This concentration could pose a problem for users, for several reasons. First of all, given the small number of competitors, hackers can focus their attacks on these targets , which makes it very difficult to keep them safe. Likewise, the poor interoperability between the services of these different providers can be disabling for users.
Additionally, Forrester points out that cl oud can be more expensive than on-premises software . For good reason, users of on-premise software can save money by voluntarily choosing not to install the most recent updates. They can also call on third parties to provide maintenance and support, which is cheaper. In the case of SaaS, users can only rely on the seller.
In fact, for the time being, the cloud has advantages but also disadvantages compared to storage and on-premise software. The massive investments made by cloud players should however make it possible to strengthen security in the near future . On the other hand, the phenomenon of concentration risks on the contrary increasing over time.