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Level3 Finds that IT Managers Prefer Hybrid of Private-Public Clouds

November 17, 2014

About a year ago when Level3 released its Cloud Connect Solutions product, the company found that 30 percent of the more than 200 IT managers it surveyed had moved at least some of their IT operations to the cloud. Another 63 percent were at least evaluating cloud services or considering buying them. With nearly all IT managers in the survey expressing some interest in moving their IT services to the cloud, it has become clear that the days of enterprise data centers are numbered.

Broomfield, Colo.-based Level3 Communications, LLC provides security, cloud, CDN and managed network services. According to its website, it transmits over 10 million videos yearly, has a total of over one billion videos in storage and streams 47 petabytes of video content monthly.

Level3 has found that in the past year, the trend seems to have shifted towards hybrid clouds, a combination of private and public cloud environments that functions seamlessly. Companies seem to like public clouds for things like application hosting, but many have not gone all in on the public cloud.

There are several reasons for this. The most obvious has to do with information security. No matter how much cloud providers insist their data centers are secure, many companies are not as confident. They like the idea of using public clouds for some solutions, but feel more comfortable with sensitive IT and data being hosted on a private cloud.

Another reason has to do with performance. As fast as cloud environments have become, there can be latency issues. Wherever optimal performance is of utmost importance, companies will opt for private clouds. Business continuity is another factor. Whenever the slightest amount of downtime is too much, private clouds will get the nod over public ones.

Research from Markets and Markets is also bullish on hybrid clouds, predicting CAGR of 30.19 percent from 2013 to 2018, when the market will reach $79.54 billion. Public clouds provide many cost-saving benefits to IT departments, but the original objections to issues like control and security still influence decision making. The market has settled on hybrid clouds and appears that it will stay that way for the next few years. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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