A recent report from research firm Forrester has cast serious doubt on the adoption rates for cloud storage services.
The survey of North America and European companies revealed that 86 per cent of enterprises are not planning to adopt cloud storage. Around 43 per cent had 'no interest', while 43 per cent had 'some interest but no plans'.
The survey also found that even those companies looking to use a cloud storage system are not likely to do so any time soon. Five per cent planned adoption more than a year from now, while only three per cent plan to implement within the year.
Just two per cent of respondents had already implemented cloud storage and had plans to expand its use, and one per cent had already implemented cloud storage but had no plans to expand.
Forrester analyst Andrew Reichmann suggested that the slow uptake shows that companies are not seeing compelling reasons to move data into the cloud, despite the best efforts of service providers.
"What is consistent among offerings in the storage-as-a-service market is that they are not meeting a specific IT need or use, but rather offering cheap capacity to do with as you will," Reichman wrote in the report.
"For performance reasons, storage capacity cannot be geographically separate from compute resources, so it is clear that storage-as-a-service is not appropriate for performance-sensitive, transaction-oriented applications, unless the same cloud provider happens to be hosting those applications too."
Forrester is the latest to suggest that cloud services have yet to take off in much of the enterprise space. Shrinking budgets and security worries have been suggested as contributing factors limiting uptake.
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