European companies increasingly enjoy the benefits of cloud computing, whereby, however, private and public clouds are combined in a hybrid model.
That is the result of a survey among 625 IT decision-makers in medium-sized and large companies, carried out by IDG Connect on behalf of Interxion, the Dutch data centre service provider. 45 % of those surveyed said that their company has already established a hybrid cloud. 80 % even expect that they will be using a hybrid IT solution featuring a combination of private and public cloud in 2016. Although 50 % of companies currently still rely on their own data centre alone, this figure is expected to drop to a mere 15 % in the coming year.
IT services will presumably be combined in the hybrid cloud as follows: According to those surveyed, 46 % of these services will be provided by their own data centre, 40 % by a private cloud and 14 % by the public cloud.
When asked why they still keep workloads in the data centre, 53 % said that they had concerns about data security. 41 % stated problems implementing rules on data protection and corporate governance as a reason, while company policy posed an obstacle for 33 % – the fear, for example, of being dependent upon a single provider. It is noticeable that 47 % stated deficient network performance as a reason for not using cloud computing. If this problem did not exist, 77 % of those surveyed would move workloads to the cloud; only 59 % of all companies actually use the Internet for their cloud connection. 23 % use direct connections, while 18 % work with wide area networks.