Druva recently surveyed IT professionals across a variety of industries to get their thoughts regarding Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud adoption, and what benefits they would expect to see with a move to the cloud. The survey results led to some very interesting conclusions and highlighted some of the persistent concerns that IT professionals still have about cloud storage, which mainly have to do with redundant data costs and the price of egress when recovering that data.
In a sign of current industry trends, a near-supermajority of respondents said that they have moved or will move to the cloud for their secondary storage needs. It seems that cloud storage is entering a renaissance, with more IT leaders seeing the cost savings and superior data management capabilities of cloud solutions.
While confidence in the durability and availability of data stored in AWS has risen significantly, there are still concerns about cost structures. With multiple business units across multiple sites generating duplicate sets of data, there are dramatic cost concerns when IT departments look to the cloud for secondary storage and data protection. IT leaders are realizing that they need a platform that helps them leverage the cost benefits of the cloud by optimizing their datasets with capabilities like global deduplication. Companies that can also stratify their data into the right service-level agreement (SLA) and storage protection levels using capabilities like auto-tiering are saving large amounts of money.
Cloud-based storage options like AWS S3 and Glacier are resilient and durable solutions that are being leveraged for secondary storage and are ultimately being coupled with data protection solutions to provide the capabilities that meet the needs of the business. It gives customers the ability to be flexible with cost optimization and access control. Read this blog to gain insights into the following:
The first insight deals with secondary storagein the cloud. An overwhelming number of survey respondents indicated that they have moved or will be moving their secondary storage to AWS.
The second insight is about putting an end to egress costs. The vast majority of survey respondents expressed a desire to see egress costs go away. With the emergence of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for data protection, egress costs for data recovery are no longer a “necessary evil.”
The last insight to highlight is compounding costs across multiple sites. A majority of the survey respondents expressed strong concerns about the compounding data protection costs that they may incur as a result of having multiple sites. With true global deduplication, however, redundant data-sprawl across multiple sites can be eliminated.
Ultimately, companies are interested in simplifying costs and centralizing data management across all environments. Organizations are seeking to gain much higher confidence in the way they apply retention policies and deliver on their SLAs while gaining the scalability and mobility that the cloud can provide. Those that have already migrated to AWS by leveraging the right cloud capabilities are optimizing data storage and data protection and realizing significant cost savings while gaining the flexibility and scalability they expected. The trend towards AWS as the preferred destination is growing, and it easy to see why numerous companies are utilizing cloud storage.
To get the full results of the survey access the DRUVA 2017 AWS Cloud Data Protection Survey