10 Key Facts About Shifting Cloud Patterns

By Dennis McCafferty

The majority of companies are likely to migrate apps or data from a public cloud environment to a hybrid cloud model in the near future, according to a Microsoft-commissioned study conducted by 451 Research. The report indicates that these potential channel customers are seeking increased security, performance and overall control by making this move. Meanwhile, most organizational IT budgets are projected to fund hosting, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and additional off-premise initiatives, as opposed to on-premise infrastructure and staffing. "This presents a significant opportunity for (vendors) to provide value-added services to their customers," said Aziz Benmalek, general manager of Microsoft's hosted service provider business unit. "By offering these expanded services, cloud service providers will be able to drive additional consumption, increase revenue and serve as trusted advisors." More than 1,700 global hosting and cloud customers—including IT operations and administration professionals, app developers and marketing execs—took part in the research. Here are key takeaways from the study.

This article was originally published on 2015-03-24