One-in-ten organisations in the UK take weeks - or even months - to provision new storage services.
That's one of the eye-opening results of the latest research by V3 sister site Computing.
The research will be presented at the Computing IT Leaders' Forum event on Tuesday. Registration is still open, and the event is free to attend.
When asked, 'On average, how long does it take to provision storage for use by virtual machines in your organisation?', seven per cent of respondents answered 'weeks', with two per cent admitting 'months'.
In total, 59 per cent of respondents said it takes them hours or longer, with only 6 per cent answering that storage can be provisioned in mere seconds.
The real picture of how long it takes for this storage to be useful is possibly worse still, as even when it is provisioned it still needs to be carved up and assigned to the applications that use it and, in many cases, populated with data, adding yet more time.
Generally, this lack of speed is at odds with compute services, which can be brought online very quickly using products from various cloud vendors.
The research also examined organisations' ability to migrate and balance storage workloads across platforms.
Here, too, the typical patchwork of storage technologies and vendors appears to be a hindrance, with five per cent of respondents claiming to be unable to migrate workloads at all and a further 35 per cent only by manually copying the data involved.
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