News: Managing a combination of clouds can help ensure business needs are met.
A number of companies such as EMC, HPE and VMware are pushing hybrid cloud as the future for cloud, but this future may have already been realised.
Over half (58%) of companies with revenues of over $1 billion have indicated that they already have some form of hybrid cloud environment, suggesting that hybrid cloud has already been realised as a necessity.
Research from Canopy, the Atos Cloud, in collaboration with EMC revealed that 51% consider hybrid cloud to have the potential to allow the consolidation of the management of all cloud services.
Other key benefits of going hybrid are that it allows you to monitor and optimise cloud costs (55%) and performance (49%).
While interest is high in this cloud strategy, many (47%) said it was important to ease the ability to port applications across different clouds, as something to watch for.
According to the research, this indicates that the cloud has become a target platform for many applications, not just for cloud-native applications but also for enterprise applications.
Philippe Lorens, CEO at Canopy said, "Managing a number of different cloud solutions represents a challenge and a new opportunity for IT leaders. They can solidify their own role within the business by consolidating, governing and managing a combination of cloud-based services to ensure they help meet business needs."
The research asked 150 companies with revenues of $1+ billion across multiple countries and was conducted by Forrester Consulting.