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Hybrid cloud is now the dominant IT infrastructure

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To tackle issues around vendor lock-in, security, compliance, and interoperability, most organizations now deploy multiple cloud solutions, new data shows.

According to a new report from IBM, just 3 percent of companies worldwide use a single private or public cloud (down from 29 percent two years ago), and hybrid cloud has established itself as the dominant IT architecture.

Based on a survey of almost 7,200 C-suite executives working in 28 different industries, in 47 different countries, the survey asserts that we are living in a hybrid, multi-cloud era, in which having completely portable workloads is an expectation for 79 percent of companies.

More than two-thirds (69 percent) said vendor lock-in is a “significant obstacle” to improving business performance in most or all parts of their cloud estate. 

But it’s not just vendor lock-in that’s holding organizations back. For two-thirds (64 percent), industry-related regulatory compliance is a major roadblock to improved performance of the cloud estate, while backdoors and system flaws were also cited as concerns.

“Our research shows the message from decision-makers is clear: they want to be able to use a mix of different cloud solutions to meet different needs, and they want to do so securely, without being locked into a single provider,” said Mark Cox, Public Cloud Director, IBM UK & Ireland.

“An open hybrid cloud model is the best design to address these needs and will be the foundational architecture driving the next wave of transformation and innovation across sectors.”

Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.