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When storage experts were asked, “Which vendor will you spend the most with on storage in 2 years?” the answers were markedly different.

@EMC is still the top storage vendor, but @Amazon jumps from the seventh most strategic vendor to the second. @Microsoft creeps into the top 5 too, landing at number three. @NetApp drops from second to sixth.

“(This data) emphasizes that not only is cloud storage spending growing, but alsothat cloud storage providers are increasingly viewed as strategic suppliers as a growing amount of data and applications are moved into these environments,” says the report’s author, Simon Robinson.A majority of storage is still on premises, but that is shifting too. Respondents said about 70% of their storage currently resides in company owned or leased data centers. That is expected to drop to 58% by next year. Meanwhile, respondents said they have about 7.6% of their storage in the cloud now, growing to almost 17% of their storage in the cloud by 2017.

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