A new survey revealed that many companies are predicting that more than half of their applications and services will be deployed on the hybrid cloud within an average of three years.

Dan Kobialka, Contributing writer

December 3, 2014

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Mick Slattery Avanade39s president of hybrid cloud
Mick Slattery, Avanade's president of hybrid cloud.

A new Avanade survey of 1,000 global C-level executives revealed that many businesses want to migrate their applications and services to hybrid cloud environments.

Survey researchers said many companies are predicting that more than half of their applications and services will be deployed on the hybrid cloud within an average of three years.

“Hybrid cloud gives companies the speed and flexibility they need to transform into digital businesses and enables them to focus on driving growth and outperforming their competitors,” said Mick Slattery, Avanade’s president of Hybrid Cloud, in a prepared statement.

The survey also revealed that while many businesses are prioritizing hybrid cloud adoption, some are confused about what exactly hybrid cloud means.

Researchers pointed out that 16 percent of respondents said they are able to identify the full range of benefits that hybrid cloud solutions provide, such as the ability to integrate private and public clouds and scale up and down as needed.

However, many businesses still want hybrid cloud solutions immediately.

The survey showed that most businesses are investing in hybrid cloud at a faster rate than private or public clouds, and 69 percent of companies said implementing a hybrid cloud strategy is one of their top priorities in 2015.

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What else did survey researchers find? Here’s a closer look at some of the other survey results:

  • 74 percent of respondents said they believe hybrid cloud will enable their organizations to focus on issues that are important to business growth.

  • 71 percent said they are using a cloud infrastructure only to run existing applications and have not yet realized the speed, scale and efficiency that cloud solutions offer.

  • 58 percent currently do not have a hybrid cloud strategy in place.

  • 53 percent identified security and privacy issues — real and perceived — as top concerns to hybrid cloud implementation, yet 60 percent said they believe public cloud solutions are more secure than they were three years ago.

  • C-level executives are 32 percent more likely than IT leaders to advocate for moving critical applications to hybrid cloud environments.

“Budgets and control may be shifting away from IT, but hybrid cloud solutions represent an opportunity for IT to align itself with C-suite priorities, delivering strategic value to the business in a secure and properly governed manner,” Slattery said.

Expect the hybrid cloud market to grow

Many C-level executives want hybrid cloud solutions, which could create new opportunities for cloud services providers (CSPs) and help the hybrid cloud market grow over the next few years.

TechNavio earlier this year predicted the global hybrid cloud market would expand at a 30.16 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2013 and 2018, thanks in part to the short- and long-term benefits that hybrid cloud solutions can offer C-level executives.

“Enterprises are increasingly using hybrid cloud because they may host critical applications on private clouds and applications with relatively less security concerns on the public cloud. The hybrid cloud computing [helps] enterprises [achieve] maximum usability while minimizing the degree of faults and without the need for constant Internet connectivity,” TechNavio researchers wrote in their report.

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Dan Kobialka

Contributing writer, Penton Technology

Dan Kobialka is a contributing writer for MSPmentor and Talkin' Cloud. In the past, he has produced content for numerous print and online publications, including the Boston Business Journal, Boston Herald and Patch.com. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University). In his free time, Kobialka enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football (Go Patriots!).  

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