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Firms avoid public cloud data management

Rachel Wheeler Archive
Organizations are reluctant to adopt cloud data management systems due to concerns about security, a study has revealed.

A report by InformationWeek Analytics found that only 15 per cent of companies have already embraced the use of public cloud storage services, with 73 per cent of the IT decision makers polled claiming that security concerns put them off.

Furthermore, 54 per cent said that worries about privacy caused them to avoid cloud data management, while 36 cited legal and regulatory constraints.

Nevertheless, backups are the storage function most commonly moved to the cloud at 76 per cent, followed by disaster recovery and business continuity at 70 per cent, with only 34 per cent moving primary data storage.

Lorna Garey, content director of InformationWeek Analytics, said that the cloud has hurdles to leap.

"Companies are very protective of their data—and rightly so. They need more storage space and services, but they're not going to move their critical business and customer information to a public cloud until they're absolutely sure it's safe and accessible."

However, Eric Thacker, director of product marketing for Whitewater at Riverbed Technology, writing for, said that the cloud has numerous benefits.

Posted by Richard Jones