38% of HK enterprises unaware of object storage

Object storage awareness is low in Asia Pacific (image Duncan Andison/iStockPhoto)

More than one in three Hong Kong enterprises are unaware of object storage, according to IDC and Hitachi Vantara.

An object storage survey was conducted in Asia Pacific by the two companies. The survey findings were published in a white paper titled “Digitalization of the Business with Object Storage” last month.

More than one-third (38%) of Hong Kong enterprises are unaware of object storage technology. The situation is similar in China, with 35% of China enterprises unfamiliar with this storage technology.  

In Asia Pacific, object storage awareness is also low, with 41% of surveyed enterprises unaware of the technology.

The three most common obstacles for adopting object storage are: application compatibility (52%), on premise business applications that do not necessarily require infinite scalability (44%), and stringent data protection and recovery (43%).

IDC notes that APAC enterprises often overlook the benefits of object-based storage such as cost effectiveness and flexible modern data management. 

The survey also reveals that Hong Kong enterprises are keen on storing data forever. According to the survey, a quarter of them plan to store their data forever, suggesting further pressure to manage and govern tremendous amounts of data created and accumulated over time. On average, enterprises in APAC store their data for five to seven years, with one-fifth choosing to store it for over 15 years.

The survey further examines the top business drivers for enterprises to deploy object storage in the future. They are achieving flexibility to add storage capacity as business grows (18%), reducing storage management costs (16%), increasing business agility (13%), and improving data analytics capability for faster decision making (12%).

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