Study: 60 Percent of Companies Prefer Hybrid Cloud Solutions

The majority of businesses are likely to settle on a hybrid cloud solution as opposed to a pure public option in the next few years.

That’s the finding of a study sponsored by hosting provider Rackspace, which revealed 60 percent of enterprises in the US and the UK view such solutions as the end of migration into the cloud, rather than a stepping stone to a fully public cloud strategy. The same number have moved key applications either partially or fully away from public options because of the limitations of this approach, or the potential benefits offered by hybrid tools.

According to the survey of 400 IT decision makers conducted by independent market researcher Vanson Bourne, key benefits of hybrid cloud solutions include more control (cited by 59 percent of respondents), better security (54 percent of respondents) and improved reliability (48 percent of respondents).

Companies that moved to a hybrid cloud model reported savings of about 17 percent over other options.

Roughly 72 percent of all companies cited in the study said they used hybrid tools for some portion of their application portfolio. Some 80 percent of American companies said they used hybrid tools, compared to 64 percent of British companies.

“The findings of our study indicate that the hybrid cloud is the next cloud for many organizations,” said John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace. “They may have started with a public cloud-only architecture, but have come to realize the limitations of this approach as they’ve continued on their cloud journey.”

Hybrid cloud tools are therefore attractive as they provide businesses with the best features of public and private solutions, while minimizing the drawbacks.

Many firms may also be considering moving some of their more critical applications and databases away from the public cloud at the moment due to the repercussions of the PRISM revelations.

A greater wariness from foreign companies towards US-based public cloud options could cost the industry as much as $35 billion, according to a recent analysis from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

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