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Microsoft OneDrive Earns Top Billing in Cloud Storage Services Survey

A recent 2018 Spiceworks survey of more than 500 IT decision makers in organizations across North America and Europe measured the usage figures of popular cloud storage services, including Google Drive, Amazon Drive, Apple iCloud and Microsoft OneDrive, among others.

Here's a breakdown of the key findings:

  • Most Popular Cloud Storage Service: Microsoft OneDrive landed at the top with 51 percent of businesses using it while 10 percent plan to deploy within the next two years. Coming in second and third were Google Drive at 34 percent using it and 2 percent planning to deploy within two years, and Dropbox (34 percent use it, 3 percent have plans to adopt in two years), resepectively.
  • Popularity of Cloud Storage Services by Company Size:
    • Enterprises (1,000+ employees): Microsoft OneDrive (59 percent adoption), Google Drive (29 percent), Dropbox (25 percent)
    • Midsize Businesses (100-999 employees): Microsoft OneDrive (54 percent), Dropbox (35 percent), Google Drive (33 percent)
    • Small Businesses (1-99 employees): Microsoft OneDrive (47 percent), Google Drive (39 percent), Dropbox (34 percent)
  • Most Popular "Unsanctioned" Cloud Storage Service: Dropbox (54 percent), Google Drive (43 percent), Apple iCloud Drive (27 percent)
  • Top 5 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Cloud Storage Service: Security (97 percent), Reliability (96 percent), Ease of Use (93 percent), Cost (93 percent), Trusted Vendor/Reputation (89 percent)

Although cloud storage services have gained in popularity recently, according to the Spiceworks data, IT pros still have concerns about security. According to the survey, 12 percent discourage the use of cloud file sharing services, while 10 percent block them completely. Almost two-thirds (64 percent) feel data is secure to extremely secure on a cloud storage service, while 25 percent believe the complete opposite.

For more data and interesting trends that the Spiceworks survey found, be sure to read the complete article.

About the Author

Wendy Hernandez is group managing editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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