About two-thirds of enterprises prefer private cloud storage offerings over public offerings such as Dropbox, according to new research from CTERA Networks, a provider of a cloud storage services platform.

The research is included in CTERA's 2014 “Enterprise Cloud Storage Report,” a study of 200 IT professionals conducted in early 2014 by independent panel research firm Research Now. The report examines the state of the cloud storage usage in the enterprise, and the measures being taken by IT departments to improve the security of cloud storage offerings in their organizations, the company says.

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The  study found that organizations are “racing to establish contemporary cloud storage solutions that they can control,” according to the report. Of organizations that have implemented or are considering a file sync and share (FSS) offering, 63 percent indicated that they favor a private cloud storage solution run either on hosted infrastructure or in their own data center.

Another finding is that enterprises are moving quickly to deliver the collaborative and mobility benefits of cloud storage while also meeting their own internal control and privacy policies. One-quarter of organizations have already implemented private cloud file sync and share tools, while 20 percent of organizations surveyed have implemented cloud storage gateways.

The report states that 45 percent of organizations are considering private cloud file sync and share tools, while 38 percent are considering implementing cloud storage gateways.

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"Enterprises are seeking ways to capitalize on the benefits that cloud storage can provide, but not at the cost of losing control of their data,” Rani Osnat, vice president of strategic marketing and customer experience at CTERA, said in a statement. “The market is flooded with SaaS [software-as-a-service] offerings, but solutions that can scale on private and hybrid clouds are in short supply."

This story first appeared at Information Management.


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