The road to hybrid cloud is private

Peter ffoulkes, Research Director for Servers and Cloud Computing

When looking at the preferred workload deployment venues in the next two years, private cloud is the preferred option for the majority of enterprise workload types, followed closely by hybrid cloud deployments. Collaborative and cloud-native applications stand out as the largest opportunity for public cloud service providers.

Best execution venue choices

It is well accepted that the reasons for moving to cloud architectures are strongly driven by cost and agility, which are common drivers regardless of whether it is an internal or external cloud, or any one of the myriad options in between.

Internal private cloud is the preferred execution venue for many enterprise workload types currently, with control/management issues, data sensitivity/IP risk, security and compliance/governance being among the most frequently cited reasons. Hybrid cloud deployments are primarily a future choice for most respondents, with cost being an additional reason for extending beyond internal private cloud implementations. External public cloud offerings are primarily considered when there is limited data sensitivity or IP risk, with cost and functionality/ease of use frequently cited as reasons for adoption.

Workload Execution by Cloud Type

Anecdotal commentary illustrates the wide variety of environments covered by TheInfoPro’s respondent community and the factors taken into consideration as they select cloud computing options:

  • “Internal for sensitive, higher lifecycle apps; external or hybrid for less-sensitive apps.” – LE, Consumer Goods/Retail
  • “It will be more efficient running MS Office in the cloud. It will save money and offer availability.” – LE, Financial Services
  • “We will start internal and migrate to hybrid. Cost and the difficulty with keeping up with applications and data. It will just make better sense to go to the cloud with this.” – LE, Industrial/Manufacturing
  • “Our company is very much afraid of negative press about our performance, which is why we don’t allow any storage of data in the public cloud. Internal private offers an economy of scale as well.” – LE, Materials/Chemicals
  • “We are running at 10Gb speed and can’t do it in the public cloud.” – LE, Transportation
  • “Some regulatory aspects of this workload will remain in an internal private cloud. Drivers: flexibility, time to market, ability to use solutions available now and coming down the road – all reasons why the external cloud is attractive in general.” – MSE, Services: Business/Accounting/Engineering

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