IT leaders are choosing hybrid cloud strategies due to flexibility, cost-effectiveness and security 

By neub9
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Recent studies conducted by Citrix, a business unit of Cloud Software Group, revealed that 25% of organizations surveyed in the UK have either moved or are considering moving half or more of their cloud-based workloads back to on-premises infrastructures, a trend known as cloud repatriation. The study involved 350 IT leaders who were questioned about their current hybrid cloud strategies, with 93% of respondents reporting involvement in a cloud repatriation project in the last three years.

The top drivers for moving cloud-based workloads back to on-premises infrastructures were unexpected security issues and high project expectations, representing 33% of the responses. Failure to meet or properly set internal expectations accounted for 24% of the reported reasons. IT leaders found that the most common reasons for cloud repatriation projects were security concerns, unexpected costs, performance issues, compatibility problems, and service downtime. Additionally, over 43% of IT leaders found that moving projects from on-premises to the cloud was more expensive than expected.

Despite these challenges, 67% of respondents expressed an ongoing interest in starting new cloud projects in the future. However, instead of a complete cloud approach, the majority of IT leaders would recommend a mix of ‘mostly cloud and some on-premises’ to the CIO.

Calvin Hsu, Vice President of Product Management at Citrix, emphasized the benefits of hybrid cloud infrastructures, stating that they offer a balance between public and private models, allowing organizations to optimize costs, seamlessly integrate systems, and experiment with innovation projects without compromising on agility or flexibility.

When it comes to security, 77% of IT leaders agreed that cloud technologies can help prevent cybersecurity incidents. However, IT leaders expressed concerns about the potential risks associated with moving workloads and cloud repatriation projects, with 35% currently managing projects in both cloud and on-premises environments.

The survey included responses from 1,200 business and IT leaders in the United Kingdom, United States, France, and Germany, with a subset of 350 respondents specifically from the UK. The data indicates that IT leaders are still seeking the right balance between cloud and on-premises infrastructures, as they navigate evolving demands and changes in priorities.

With increasing interest in cloud transformation, business and technology leaders are encouraged to explore the upcoming Cloud Transformation Conference, a free virtual event that delves into the practicalities and opportunities surrounding cloud adoption.

Tags: budget, Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, Security, strategies

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