The Cloud is playing a very large role in shaping the modern trends in data storage. Traditional data systems that secured the data behind corporate firewalls are being replaced with private Cloud architectures and network attached storage technologies that are accessible from remote locations via the Internet. Cloud based storage providers are gaining popularity and the concept of public storage is clearly a favorite with consumers who want to interact and collaborate online. So, an answer to the question “Is the future of the Cloud-Cloudy” would lead to discussions on how the Cloud has evolved and is evolving and influencing computing trends of the future.

Today, most enterprises acknowledge that the Cloud has many business advantages apart from driving down costs. Whatever, their reservations about security in the Cloud, they are willing to commit much of their public data (non-mission critical) to public Cloud storage and are seriously considering private Clouds for their mission- critical data and are even anxious to allow hybridization of their Clouds wherever necessary by instituting adequate security. Cloud providers are meeting and matching the expressed needs of these enterprises and are re-architecting their Clouds to “fit-in” with these requirements. But, the extent of the evolution of the Cloud as the sole data repository is still distant.

A recent IDG research of 153 IT professionals reveals that only 13 percent of the organizations store their files in the Cloud and 61 percent of the respondents do not want to store their data in the Cloud.  While the numbers are expected to show an uptrend, the report concludes that the Cloud is unlikely to overwhelm on-premise storage. Most organizations prefer to have some of their data in the Cloud and the rest on-premise with user restricted access to the on-premise repository from the Cloud.  Hybrid Clouds seem to be the way forward with these organizations.

The flexible arrangement of the hybrid Cloud allows employees access to on-premise sensitive data without investing in capital expenses and management of additional resources.  It mixes and matches the best of public and private computing arenas and keeps the sensitive data behind the firewall, within the control of enterprise IT.  Files can be selectively shared and synced to the Cloud while permissions ensure that unauthorized persons do not have access to sensitive data.

Securstore believes that the future of the Cloud is not Cloudy, rather rosy. Come along with us and let us explore the future of the Cloud.