Independent research commissioned by Peer 1 Hosting shows the use of on-premise and private cloud solutions is to fall over the next three years, with hybrid cloud taking up the slack, and with most of the respondents citing cost as the reason for their move to hybrid.
The study, which canvassed the opinions of IT decision-makers from the UK, US and Canada, asked: "What do you expect your organisation's approach to look like in one and three years' time?" 10% of respondents stated that currently they primarily use hybrid cloud, with 28% anticipating they will be using hybrid cloud in three years' time. In contrast, use of on-premise hosting is anticipated to fall from 31% to 17% over the same period, whilst private cloud drops from 52% to 41%.
While this is just a survey on intentions it shows there’s a clear move to hybrid from the on-premise world and from private cloud. It also shows that the increasing hold that public cloud has on the market isn’t going to go away. In fact from the survey it looks like public cloud will increase from 7-14% plus it also gains significantly with a proportion of the hybrid cloud solutions will be supported on public cloud giving public cloud around a quarter to a third of the cloud market.
The drivers behind this shift appear to be largely economic. When asked to name the top IT Priorities within their organisations, Cutting IT Costs (49%) and Improving Processes and Operational Efficiencies (45%) were the two most commonly cited issues. When asked what the challenges in achieving these priorities were, the respondents replied with the usual suspects of security (53%) and data protection (46%) at the top of the list (see below).
Commenting on the findings Toby Owen, Vice President Product, Peer 1 Hosting said: "The proposition of Hybrid Cloud is very compelling: cost savings, business agility and operational efficiencies are the qualities that IT decision makers are looking to bring into their organisations. From the research, it's clear that hybrid cloud adoption is outpacing that of public and private cloud."
Owen continues: "Hybrid cloud adoption appears to be held back by concerns largely related to security and data protection. Clearly these are areas where businesses cannot compromise. Fundamentally these concerns are about a perceived lack of control. As the industry responds to this, with truly scalable, flexible and controllable hybrid cloud solutions, I believe that IT decision makers will be quicker to adopt hybrid cloud than this research suggests."