There are many reasons companies are looking at hybrid cloud. As when looking at anything new, user beware. User expectations are unusually high for anything related to cloud.

In looking at the infographic published by Tech Republic Research, it is interesting to note that the number of companies using hybrid cloud solutions has not increased from 2016 to 2017. Second, the increase in companies looking at hybrid cloud is only slightly better in 2017 than in 2016.

So none of the 2016 respondents who were considering hybrid, actually committed to it? However more are looking at it. Isn’t that like saying we have a greater interest in our products because there are more people looking in the window, but no more customers have actually come into our store to buy? [sounds like John Oliver, right?]

Ignoring this, the main reason for using hybrid cloud is still disaster recovery/backup.

The second reason is to avoid hardware costs while extending data center. If you take this at face value, it is misleading. Hardware acquisition costs are only a small portion of the total cost of ownership and generally operating costs can be rather significant. There is some contention in the industry about operating costs associated with cloud computing. All I can say is that make sure you understand what storage and data transfer costs are before you commit to any one cloud provider. Get multiple quotes based on your present and expected storage and transactional requirements from AWS, Azure, Google, etc.

Again, the third reason is based on budgetary concerns. Legitimately, if there are financial considerations that favor OPEX over CAPEX then cloud makes sense.

The fourth reason, pick hybrid since you don’t want to go fully into the cloud is misplaced as a reason. The first three reasons are more like, “Why cloud?” reasons, not hybrid vs full cloud.

I would also expect that with all of the hype around cloud, you would expect that one of the main reasons is fast provisioning/deprovisioning – you only pay for what you use.

The bottom line is that while I don’t agree with some of Tech Republic’s research results, I believe that the future is in Hybrid Cloud. In addition, almost all of the major technology vendors including IBM, HPE, Dell EMC and Oracle are committed to supporting customer Hybrid Cloud requirements.

So getting back to Hybrid or Not Hybrid…I would say that all companies should seriously consider this as an option as it enables more efficient/effective ways to develop and test applications, can be an inexpensive infrequently-accessed storage alternative than on-site storage and most importantly provides small, medium businesses (SMB) the ability to play on the same field as the large enterprises.