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The hybrid cloud market is expected to grow to $84.67 billion, according to a report by Market and Markets. The report found that nearly two-thirds of IT professionals thought that adoption of the hybrid cloud would enable better agility and security, but only about one quarter of companies say that they’ve managed to build a hybrid cloud.
A separate survey by EMC (2014 Global Forum Survey) came up with nearly identical numbers. 64 percent said that the hybrid cloud offers better agility and security. 27 percent said that they had adopted a hybrid cloud solution.
The Market and Markets report discussed some of the difficulty in building a hybrid cloud. “The data security concerns associated with consumers regarding their critical data storage in the cloud and technological constraints giving rise to network and application performance issues are the major constraints in the hybrid cloud market. These challenges carry significant potential of hampering the adoption rate of hybrid cloud by numerous SMBs across a wide range of verticals.”
The EMC report noted that hybrid cloud issues are often operational. It’s one thing to architect and then build the hybrid cloud. But once built, it needs to be maintained, and that often involves tracking service levels across many different service providers. Getting all the apps from a distributed environment working together smoothly and consistently is a day-to-day management task.