That's a big deal for companies who don't want to have to set up their own storage arrays with a public cloud provider like AWS, Peters says. A recent survey by ESG, he noted, found that using cloud storage as a way to decrease reliance on buying new hardware infrastructure was one of the top priorities for CIOs this year. Cloud computing provides advantages around cost and flexibility, but many times comes at the sacrifice of companies losing some control of how their data is managed and secured, Peters says. "This makes the cloud a little more palatable," he says.
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