This IDC study provides insights into major results of a survey of storage administrators worldwide. The survey was conducted as a part of IDC's biannual Storage User Demand Study (SUDS), which focuses on analyzing current and future deployments of enterprise storage systems for particular data uses ranging from major enterprise applications to various segments of the IT infrastructure support to storage infrastructures within public cloud datacenters. As the adoption of storage cloud services continues, it is evident that cloud services have a significant impact on how end users approach their storage strategies and how storage system suppliers build their product and solutions road maps. The recent Storage User Demand Study (SUDS) Survey provides insights on end users' plans with regard to cloud adoption and short-term plans on purchasing more traditional storage solutions.
"The survey reveals a growing interest in private cloud or managed storage services among users who just start using third-party storage. And these users start their journey into the cloud with higher storage capacity compared with current cloud users," says Natalya Yezhkova, research director, Storage Systems. "However, cloud doesn't work for everyone. Nearly one of every five respondents has no storage cloud plans. While these end users share top concerns regarding cloud services, respondents from emerging regions quote more reasons for deciding not to use cloud than respondents from mature regions."