More than half of enterprises IT functions remain entirely on-premise, according to Computing Research, with just 23 per cent of organisations running on private cloud, 18 per cent in public cloud and only five per cent utilising hybrid cloud: that is to say, integrating both public and private cloud technology.
These statistics come from Computing's new research paper Cloud mix and match - getting the balance right, produced in association with ‘hyper-converged' infrastructure firm Nutanix.
When it comes to public cloud, 44 per cent of respondents said that any use of public cloud in their organisation was due to an "officially sanctioned" organisational strategy move, which is at least an encouraging indicator that public cloud is now being taken seriously as a secure and convenient option.
Nevertheless, respondents cited "compliance with statutory regulations" as their main reason to choose cloud, indicating an organisational preference for private over public cloud, although "pressure to be able to react quickly to changing business needs" came a close second.
This lends almost as much weight for public cloud that - at a very basic level - should enable users to react faster and in a more convenient fashion than many private-cloud offerings, even if they are bogged down by slow-moving regulatory thinking.
To be more specific, 36 per cent of respondents rated the speed of deployment of public cloud over private cloud, with one-third citing the ‘pay as you go' nature of public cloud as placing it above private cloud as a choice.
A not inconsiderable 29 per cent rated the "agility" of public cloud over private.
At this point, the argument for a hybrid form of private and public cloud seems a viable option, but only 14 per cent of respondents are currently even pursuing (note: not actually using) hybrid cloud approaches.
But as with anything new (even cloud itself), concerns remain about ease of management, not to mention stakeholders disagreeing on what sort of arrangement should take prominence.
Read the paper to find out more about the current state of the industry with hybrid cloud, and possible solutions.
It still looks like a long road ahead, but it can definitely be said that many corporate minds are now at least waking up to the possibilities.
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