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Cloud storage driven by big data, consumerization in 2013

The rapid growth of data and applications used in the private sector has given rise to the demand for new storage environments capable of expanding or contracting as needed. In many cases, traditional on-premise architectures are no longer cost effective or can meet these requirements, which is turning many decision-makers to cloud computing.

While there are many cloud infrastructure offerings available, storage is among the most commonly deployed services and will continue to gain traction in 2013. This was highlighted in a recent study by Symform, which revealed that big data and the consumerization of IT are major contributions to the growing demand for advanced solutions.

Because today's workforce is "always on," individuals require access to mission-critical resources at any time. This was not possible in the past, as employees needed to be connected to the desktop in order to use any tools in the data center. In today's world, nearly every worker has the ability to use corporate-liable or personally owned smartphones and tablets for business, which is driving the need for cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that can be used whenever necessary.

Further, decision-makers are looking for new ways to protect highly sensitive information, Symform noted. Cloud computing can help firms achieve these demands, as hosted services offer a number of advanced tools to keep mission-critical data protected.

The future of cloud infrastructure
When the cloud first emerged, organizations flocked to the technology because of its promise to reduce costs. This will no longer be the case in 2013 and beyond, Symform asserted, as organizations will look for providers that can improve security, data recovery and access control capabilities, while simultaneously providing a highly flexible storage environment.

A separate report by TechTarget highlighted how cloud infrastructure services are becoming increasingly demanded in the business world, especially as framework requirements evolve with the advent of big data. While there are many reasons behind these requests, they will largely be attributed to the ongoing use of smartphones and tablets in the workplace.

In 2013, IT departments will likely crack down on the insecure practices of employees, enhancing the company's ability to store sensitive information safely, Symform noted. As hosted offerings continue to gain momentum, the private sector as a whole will likely benefit from the scalable qualities of the cloud, giving them the ability to remain competitive with rival firms in the coming years.

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