Public cloud storage use still in early days for enterprises

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Enterprise use of public cloud storage has been growing at a steady pace for years, yet plenty of IT shops remain in the early stages of the journey. IT managers are well aware of the potential benefits — including total cost of ownership, agility and unlimited capacity on demand — and many face cloud directives. But companies with significant investments in on-premises infrastructure are still exploring the applications where public cloud storage makes the most sense beyond backup, archive and disaster recovery (DR).

Ken Lamb, who oversees resiliency for cloud at JP Morgan, sees the cloud as a good fit, especially when the financial services company needs to get an application to market quickly. Lamb said JP Morgan uses public cloud storage from multiple providers for development and testing, production applications and DR and runs the workloads internally in “production parallel mode.”

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