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Over 90 per cent of IT workers are moving into the cloud

More than 90 per cent of IT personnel currently use or plan to use cloud for compute, storage or application purposes within the next two to five years, according to a new survey by Avere Systems.

The company today released the findings of a study into cloud adoption that it conducted at AWS re:Invent 2013 in Las Vegas. The results were pretty conclusive: the overwhelming majority of attendees surveyed indicated that they currently or plan to use cloud for compute, storage, or application purposes within the next two to five years.

Cost savings and disaster recovery were found to be the main factors behind the staggering adoption of cloud storage, with 60 per cent of attendees citing them as reasons for moving workloads into the cloud.

This indicates that organisations believe cloud storage has the potential to increase efficiency, productivity, and the bottom line for their business.

Despite the record numbers planning to implement cloud solutions, attendees surveyed indicated that security (60 per cent), performance (29 per cent), and organisational resistance (53 per cent) were still among the largest barriers to cloud adoption.

In addition, more than a third of attendees surveyed reported that their primary providers of traditional on-premises storage equipment are not helping with their adoption of cloud storage.

Rebecca Thompson, vice president of marketing for Avere Systems said that customers need solutions "that allow customers to leverage a variety of storage – including cloud – without sacrificing performance, availability or security of data."

But fear-monger have hampered the adoption of cloud networks, according to Thompson.

"There are still people and process challenges that impede cloud adoption, as legacy storage vendors – with no suitable solutions – have driven fear, uncertainty and doubt in the minds of customers."

Indeed, even after overcoming barriers to cloud adoption, almost half of attendees surveyed indicated that performance is a critical component of cloud storage, as 38 per cent of respondents said they require better performance from their cloud storage solutions.