Hybrid cloud adoption is set to triple over the next three years, according to new research by Peer 1 Hosting released on Monday.
The study included responses from over 900 IT decision makers from North America and the UK. While only 10 percent of respondents said they primarily use hybrid cloud, 28 percent said they will be using hybrid cloud by 2018.
Use of on-premise hosting is expected to fall from 31 percent to 17 percent over the next three years, and private cloud is expected to drop from 52 percent to 41 percent during the same period.
Companies motivated to adopt hybrid cloud cite cutting IT costs (49 percent) and improving processes and operational efficiencies (45 percent) as their top priorities. Challenges in achieving these priorities include security (53 percent) and data protection (46 percent).
“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,” Toby Owen, Vice President Product, Peer 1 Hosting said.
“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.”
Peer 1 has been tracking cloud adoption for a few years. In 2013, a smaller survey Peer 1 conducted of 120 IT professionals found that 78 percent preferred a hybrid cloud solution over making a full transition to cloud.