"Even on our small enterprises chart, the number of users of cloud storage are even lower," he said. "We're seeing infrastructure in the cloud. We're seeing applications in the cloud, email in the cloud, HR and CRM in the cloud ... but [storage] is the piece that doesn't make sense for them."
Even private clouds are encountering resistance from Fortune 1000 corporations, according to the data.
In a direct attempt to reduce infrastructure complexity, corporations are also embracing an appliance-based model where server virtualization, networking, storage, security and overall data management is preconfigured on a purpose-built server.
Asked which vendors had the most exciting products or services, nearly 50 percent of the respondents named EMC. HP was second with about 25 percent; NetApp, third with 22 percent; and Hitachi and IBM were named by 19 percent and 17 percent of respondents, respectively. Compellent, Cisco, Oracle, CommVault, Pillar Data Systems, F5 Networks, and BluArc followed in that order.
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