Enterprises in the US and UK are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud after finding the public cloud to be too limiting for certain applications or workloads, according to a new study by Rackspace Hosting.
Rackspace commissioned Vanson Bourne to conduct the study, released on Thursday, in order to better understand how enterprises are using public, private and hybrid cloud. The study finds that 60 percent of respondents have either already moved or are considering moving applications or workloads partially or completely off the public cloud in favor of hybrid cloud implementations.
Apparently, 60 percent of respondents see hybrid cloud as “the culmination of their cloud journey, rather than a stepping stone to using the public cloud alone for all their cloud needs.”
Often times, enterprises have a lot of legacy workloads or applications that require specific configurations or compliance, making the hybrid cloud a more cost-effective option. Indeed, moving complex workloads to any cloud environment can create a huge headache for enterprises, which Rackspace attempts to address with its new cloud migration service launched earlier this week. The free service gives users a hand to move their dedicated, virtualized or cloud server to Rackspace’s hybrid cloud.
“The findings of our study indicate that the hybrid cloud is the next cloud for many organizations. They may have started with a public cloud-only architecture, but have come to realize the limitations of this approach as they’ve continued on their cloud journey,” John Engates, CTO of Rackspace said in a statement. “They turn to the hybrid cloud because it can combine the best of public cloud, private cloud and dedicated servers, delivering a common architecture that can be tailored to create the best fit for their specific needs. For example, instead of trying to run a big database in the public cloud on its own, which can be very problematic, businesses can leverage the hybrid cloud to run that database much more efficiently on a dedicated server that can burst into the public cloud when needed.”
Hybrid cloud is used by 72 percent of respondents, at least for a portion of their applications, with US organizations more likely to use it than UK organizations. Security, control and performance are the top three reasons organizations use hybrid over public cloud, Rackspace says. Price is another factor, too, with 17 percent of respondents reducing overall cloud costs with hybrid cloud implementation.
Rackspace is not the only cloud provider to believe that the future (or the now) is in hybrid cloud implementations. Red Hat believes that the only way to build enterprise cloud architecture is to deal with the heterogeneous environment, offering applications to help enterprise IT bridge legacy and cloud apps and workloads, a report by the Tech Republic says.
For more on Rackspace and its view on hybrid cloud, check out the new WHIR magazine cover story: Bridging the Cloud Gap: The Coming of Hybrid Cloud Hosting.