2015 CTERA Enterprise Cloud Storage survey highlights data governance and security concerns, continuing preference for private and virtual private clouds.


One out of three companies report corporate data leaking through the use of public file sync & share; three out of four are seeking alternatives to public fie sync & share

According to new research announced today by CTERA Networks, the growing cloud storage market is being driven by organizations leveraging cloud storage for a variety of file-related needs. The report highlights the challenges that enterprises face providing cloud storage and file sharing services, while reducing IT costs and maintaining security and data control.

These findings are included in CTERA's annual 2015 Enterprise Cloud Storage Report, the result of a 300 IT professionals survey conducted by independent panel research firm Research Now. CTERA's annual report, now conducted for the 2nd consecutive year, highlights the state of the enterprise cloud storage market: It reflects the drivers of both private and public enterprise cloud storage adoption, the challenges that enterprises face, and how they intend to address privacy, security and data governance concerns. The report can be downloaded here:


Key takeaways and findings include:

* Security and data governance concerns within the enterprise are driving EFSS (enterprise file sync and share) adoption. In fact, 35 percent of organizations experienced corporate data leakage in 2014 as a result of employees sharing files via often-unsanctioned FSS services (a four percent increase from 2013). This trend is likely to increase as enterprises battle to gain more visibility and control over information stored in the cloud. For example, 83 percent of organizations have established corporate policies that either sanction the use of specific SaaS-based file sharing solutions or forbid their use entirely.

* Huge opportunity exists for providers of private cloud storage tools and those providing storage infrastructure-as-a-service (laaS) to reduce costs, while maintaining security and control. Nearly three out of four companies (73%) have implemented or are considering an alternative to public FSS, and two thirds of those favor private or "virtual private" cloud storage solutions over SaaS...

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