Aberdeen Group: “How Much of Your Data Should be in the Public Cloud?”

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How Much of Your Data Should be in the Public Cloud?
November 2011
Dick Csaplar

~ Underwritten, in Part, by Geminare ~

Abstract
Best-in-Class companies understand how to manage data as part of their overall IT performance. Deploying a portion of their storage pool to a professionally managed public Cloud storage provider protects data and takes advantage of the provider’s data management processes. Companies that utilize storage in the public Cloud gain much from its deployment. In addition to faster recovery from downtime, most organizations with public Cloud storage report reducing their datacenter power consumption, lowered the amount they spend to store data and reducing the number of internal storage devices they have to manage. This report qualifies the benefits 184 surveyed companies gain from utilizing public Cloud storage.

Executive Summary
In March 2011, Aberdeen conducted a survey on the use of public cloud storage, exploring the challenges faced, strategies employed, and ultimately the tangible business and operational benefits organizations have achieved using this technology. Representatives from a diverse group of 184 organizations responded.

In addition to faster recovery from downtime, most organizations with public cloud storage report they have reduced their datacenter power consumption, lowered the amount they spend to store data and reduced the number of internal storage devices they have to manage.

Chapter One: Benchmarking the Best-in-Class
Chapter Two: Benchmarking Requirements for Success
Chapter Three: Required Actions