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Study: Companies use private, hybrid clouds to mitigate concern

A new international study of more than 300 IT decision-makers by IDG Research Services revealed that the cloud continues to be a major initiative for enterprises, as more than 60 percent of respondents said they are either implementing or testing the cloud within their organization. The survey found that the majority of IT executives are satisfied with their use of the cloud, as the technology boosts flexibility and enhances scalability.

Despite these significant advantages, there are still some concerns associated with using cloud services.

Lingering cloud concerns and how companies are tackling them

Network performance issues are the main problems companies have with the cloud. The study found that 75 percent of respondents identified capacity limitations as a significant concern they are forced to deal with when using the cloud. Downtime associated with network configurations and leadtime regarding those changes were also cited as concerns by 73 percent and 70 percent of respondents, respectively.

Unsurprisingly, security fears when using the cloud continue to be a major worry for enterprises around the world. The study found that approximately 58 percent of respondents said it was these fears that limited their deployment of public cloud services, as migrating mission-critical applications and data off-site reduces an IT department's ability to protect those resources.

To combat these security disturbances, decision-makers are approaching the cloud in different ways. IDG Research Services revealed that only 16 percent of enterprises are using the public cloud solely using the servers provisioned to them by a third party. Roughly 31 percent of businesses are using the private cloud, hosting everything on internal servers, while the majority - 53 percent - are using hybrid clouds, combining both third-party and company-owned servers.

A separate report by Gartner confirmed the expanding presence of hybrid clouds, as many organizations are choosing to host sensitive solutions on-site and only migrate less sensitive tools to outsourced cloud environments.

"Many organizations have now passed the definitional stage of cloud computing and are testing cloud architectures inside and outside the enterprise and over time, the cloud will simply become one of the ways that we 'do' computing and workloads will move around in hybrid internal/external IT environments," said Chris Howard, managing vice president at Gartner.

As confidence in the cloud continues to flourish, hybrid models will likely become the norm, as more companies choose to use both public and private cloud models.

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