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Is Cloud Storage Being Wasted?

Symantec released its Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud 2013 survey this week which reveals that cloud penetration is now at all time high. According to the study, 94 percent of all enterprises are now discussing cloud services, up from 75 percent in the 2012 survey.

Cloud-based storage services – including Amazon S3 and Dropbox among others – have become increasingly popular in recent years. Symantec's study found that 61 percent of organizations are actually using three or more different cloud storageservices to back up their data.

"That's obviously very inefficient and it leads to the probability of inconsistent policies," Dave Elliott, senior manager, Global Cloud Marketing at Symantec told Datamation.

Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that 43 percent of respondents admitted that they have lost data in the cloud. In Elliot's view, there are a number of reasons for the cloud data loss. For one, the cloud data provider could have lost the data in a failure of some sort. What is more likely, though, is that some form of user human error led to the data loss.

Read the full story at Datamation:
What Are the Hidden Costs of Cloud Computing?

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.