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ESF Survey Shows Cloud, HDDs Still Dominate IT Storage

August 23, 2018 / Chris Preimesberger

Data storage and humans have something important in common: The places where they live are almost always the highest-cost line item in their budgets. Buying a home or condominium can take up from 25 percent to 50 percent (or more) of a household income; data storage long has averaged about 40 percent of an enterprise’s yearly IT fiscal outlay. Data, files, logs, images and everything else have to have a place to live, and digital real estate—like a home with a yard—isn’t cheap. This is, of course, unless the data owner “rents” a place for the enterprise’s business files to live; things then can become a lot more affordable. This is precisely what’s happening here in 2018, as IT managers—responsible for collecting, maintaining, protecting and storing corporate data within their budgetary constraints—are looking more and more to subscription cloud services to secure and store corporate business content.