As we enter a new decade, one thing is certain: cloud adoption will continue to rise as companies embrace flexible consumption through both hybrid and multicloud environments.
For many companies, the hybrid-cloud approach serves as an interim step in the long process of digital transformation. Due to several factors, including a reliance on legacy systems and the need to comply with corporate regulations, many organizations have opted to place their workloads on both private and public clouds.1 In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management.2
In addition to hybrid cloud, enterprises are increasingly adopting multicloud solutions that combine cloud services from multiple providers. According to a 2019 Kentik report, 58 percent of businesses are already using a combination of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud in their multicloud networks.3 A multicloud approach enables companies to assess the strengths and weaknesses of several vendors before committing for the longer term. Multicloud can also help organizations optimize costs and avoid vendor lock-in issues.4 The good news is that cloud providers are developing capabilities that allow companies to operate seamlessly across multiple environments.
Many companies, however, still harbor serious reservations about utilizing public clouds—a major reason hybrid clouds have become so popular. According to a recent FileCloud report, 50 percent of companies don’t plan on moving mission-critical workloads to the public cloud.5 In addition, Symantec reports that more than half of organizations face challenges in protecting their workloads—and fear that the maturity of their security might not keep pace with their cloud adoption.6