Oracle research finds hybrid favoured as cloud nears maturity

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60% of enterprises have reached intermediate or mature levels of private cloud adoption, according to new research from Oracle.

The biggest barrier to cloud adoption continues to be concerns regarding security, however, newer worries such as IT standardisation and the ability to integrate with existing applications have become more significant.

36% are more likely to choose an hybrid cloud solution over private (32%) and public (17%) cloud solutions, however, significant concerns still remain for businesses considering private cloud adoption. Amongst these concerns are data security, cited by 55% of respondents, integration with existing applications (47%), available skills (45%) and hardware costs (44%).

John Abel, EMEA Senior Director at Oracle, said: "The recent acceleration in cloud adoption has been focused on enterprise applications and addressing the related integration, scalability and security challenges."

"Our survey shows however, that as the hybrid cloud evolves into the core approach for businesses the platform grows in importance, providing as it must the ability for businesses to move from private to public cloud and back seamlessly and securely."

SaaS is viewed as the most important within the private cloud (68%) followed by DaaS (61%) and PaaS (57%). However, the report predicts this is to change over the next two years with DaaS (29%) becoming the most important form of private cloud, ahead of PaaS (26%) and SaaS (23%).

Bob Johnson, Vice President and Principal Analyst, IDG Connect, said: "While SaaS has traditionally led enterprise migration to the cloud, other services such as Database- and Platform-as-a-Service are set to become more important over the next two years."

"This trend reflects how quickly the cloud is growing in maturity and sophistication. Given this rapid development in cloud capability, it’s likely that 2017 will see widespread use of cloud-based platforms and tools – increasingly delivered over hybrid architectures – to develop and test transformational business applications."

The research is based on the responses of 300 C-Level and IT decision makers in EMEA and was conducted by IDG Connect using an online survey. All the organisations have more than 250 employees in multiple industries.

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