Storage-as-a-Service on the rise

Cloud precursor of interest as a lower cost alternative to on-premise solutions and in support of limited IT staff

Storage-as a service is proving increasingly popular as the recession bites businesses according to two new surveys from IDC.

Online storage services are experiencing very large demand in small, mid-size, and large firms that are facing budgetary and IT staffing pressures. IDC regards storage-as-a-service as a precursor to the longer term cloud storage and cloud computing opportunity.

The research that Storage-as-a-service is of interest as a lower cost alternative to on-premise solutions and secondarily in support of limited IT staff. IDC’s research found that among such firms online storage services were seeing use for backup/disaster recovery, long-term record retention, business continuity, and availability.

The availability of storage-as-a-service is disrupting traditional storage software markets as it changes how individuals and firms access storage capacity and procure software functions, IDC revealed.

"As business organisations continue to generate vast amounts of data and seek optimum methods to store and protect them, the growth of storage capacities delivered through storage-as-a-service offerings will outpace traditional storage architectures," said Brad Nisbet, program manager for Storage and Data Management Services at IDC. "With storage-as-a-service capacity growing over 65% from 174 petabytes in 2007 to over 2.1 exabytes in 2012, the market is rife with opportunity."

"Today in the commercial context, online backup and archiving services are the immediate manifestation of the longer term opportunity for a series of cloud-based services which will impact the storage industry," added Laura DuBois, program director for Storage Software at IDC. "Storage-as-a-service will take place in two phases: first as a way to enable protection, recovery, long-term retention, and business continuity, and second as a by-product of larger cloud computing initiatives."


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