A survey of 1000 C-level executives, business unit leaders and IT decision-makers in 21 countries suggests that more than half of their applications and services will be deployed on the hybrid cloud within an average of three years.
The study, commissioned by IT solutions company, Avanade also found that "while businesses of all sizes in all geographies view hybrid cloud adoption as a priority, there is much confusion about what exactly hybrid cloud means and what is required to prepare an organisation for hybrid cloud implementation."
However, despite these real, or perceived concerns about security and privacy, "there is a clear tipping point for hybrid cloud adoption on the horizon," the study found.
It also suggest "companies around the world expect hybrid cloud solutions to give them an edge over competitors in the field" and that "C-level executives are the most optimistic about the value of hybrid cloud solutions, and the most motivated to adopt them."
Keen as they may be on hybrid cloud, the research also suggests that most businesses have not developed a strategy to use hybrid cloud as an integrated part of their corporate IT infrastructure.
"Few companies fully understand hybrid cloud’s potential," the study said. "Just 16 percent of respondents are able to identify the full range of benefits afforded by hybrid solutions.
Even if they do not fully understand the potential of hybrid cloud, "Companies overwhelmingly agree that hybrid cloud will enable their organisations to focus on issues which are core to the growth of the business ...[and] are optimistic about the promise of hybrid cloud and its ability to differentiate them from the competition."
Respondents from companies of all sizes and in all geographies said they expect that more than half of their applications and services will be deployed in a hybrid cloud environment within an average of three years.
The study also found widespread lack of understanding about the potential of both public and hybrid cloud.
- 65 percent didn’t know that hybrid cloud provides the ability to burst (scale up and down) as needed.
- 54 percent did not know that hybrid cloud includes distinct public and private clouds.