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Hybrid Cloud to Pick Up Steam in 2015 | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Hybrid services offer an important safety valve for IT projects

Hybrid cloud has taken over from public and private cloud to become the fastest growing cloud solution among enterprises. This was one of the critical findings in a new survey report released by Wakefield Research that conducted the study on behalf of Avanade Inc. The study, released during the recently concluded Microsoft Canada : Cloud and Mobility summit held at Toronto, points out that 69% of the companies surveyed saw hybrid cloud as one of their biggest focus areas for 2015.

However, not everything is rosy at the moment. The study also found that despite the general agreement that hybrid cloud was the future, 58% of the surveyed companies still did not have a hybrid cloud strategy in place. Further, only 16% of the companies interviewed globally were in a position to identify the full range of potential benefits that a hybrid cloud solution will bring to their business.

So where is the hitch? The common doubts that companies have with respect to security and reliability is definitely a factor. The Avanade study found that 53% of the companies found these issues as top concerns for a hybrid cloud implementation (over a private cloud). Inertia may be another important factor. An overwhelming 71% of the surveyed companies deployed cloud infrastructure to merely run their existing applications. What this also means is that these companies are not making use of the exclusive native functionalities that cloud solutions bring to the table.

The silver lining however lies in the general consensus among enterprise players that safety and security surrounding the cloud has improved massively over the past few years. Over 60% of the respondents admitted that public cloud solutions are more secure today than they were three years ago. Also, an overwhelming majority of the respondents (74% to be precise) agree that hybrid cloud solutions will enable their organizations to focus on the core growth areas.

There is a reason why hybrid cloud is gaining currency over the cheaper public cloud options. According to Matt Stamper, the Vice President of Managed and Professional Services at redIT, a cloud based data center services provider in the San Diego area, hybrid services offer an important safety valve for IT projects. In a blog published on the company website, Matt points out that hybrid cloud services offer the maximum flexibility among the various cloud based alternatives. That is because hybrid cloud services can offer the best of both the worlds - they offer the scalability and reliability of a public cloud while ensuring security of confidential information that is stored in the private cloud.

2015 will be an important year for advocates of cloud solutions. With a rapid increase in the use of the hybrid cloud, it is to be seen if the cloud providers can finally shake off the concerns about security and reliability and instead help businesses focus on the greater benefits that their solutions can bring to information technology at large. What are your thoughts?

More Stories By Harry Trott

Harry Trott is an IT consultant from Perth, WA. He is currently working on a long term project in Bangalore, India. Harry has over 7 years of work experience on cloud and networking based projects. He is also working on a SaaS based startup which is currently in stealth mode.