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Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Survey Says Data Storage Is No. 1 Use Case

Microsoft today published the results of hybrid cloud survey, with one of the findings indicating that controlling important data storage is the top use case.

Microsoft in January conducted the survey with research firm Kantar TNS, polling more than 1,700 respondents to identify how they perceive hybrid cloud, what motivates adoption and what features they see as most important.

"The top use case given for hybrid cloud was controlling where important data is stored at 71 percent," the company said in a blog post today. "Using the cloud for backup and disaster recovery was a close second at 69 percent."

Other highlights provided by Microsoft -- which didn't publish full results but instead summarized them in an infographic -- were listed as:

  • Hybrid is common, with a total of 67 percent of respondents now using or planning to deploy a hybrid cloud. Many of those hybrid users have made the move recently, 54 percent of users in the past two years.
  • Cost, a consistent IT experience, and the ability to scale quickly were all given as important reasons for moving to hybrid cloud.
  • The perceived benefits of hybrid cloud, as well as some of the challenges, vary by the geographic location of respondents. For example, increased security was the top benefit cited in the United Kingdom and Germany, while the top United States benefit was better scalability of compute resources.
  • Of respondents using hybrid cloud, 49 percent did their first hybrid cloud deployment in the past year.

Methodology and other details were described thusly:

Participants for this online survey were recruited from (non-Microsoft) local market lists selected by Microsoft and the international research firm Kantar TNS, which was hired to conduct the outreach. Survey participants included IT professionals, professional developers, and business decision makers/influencers who use, are planning, or have considered a hybrid cloud deployment. Surveyed company sizes were from mid-market to enterprise (250+). The survey was conducted January 4 - 24, 2018. For the purposes of this survey, hybrid cloud was defined as follows. Hybrid cloud consists of private cloud or on-premises resources/applications integrated with one or more public clouds.

More results, the company said, are available in a webinar titled " Among the Clouds: Enterprises Still Prefer Hybrid in 2018."

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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