I recently came across a study conducted by Avere and Gatepoint Research that highlights cloud trends based on feedback from 100 executives at companies throughout the country ranging in size from SMB to enterprise. Here are the highlights of the report:
Here's the takeaway: Hybrid cloud adoption is going to triple over the next five years. Even though a company may realize greater cost savings using public cloud, there are still real security concerns that can't be ignored. In some cases, industry regulations prevent companies from using public cloud services. This is a great opportunity for managed services providers to consult with customers and help them create a plan to determine which applications and data can be housed in a public cloud and which assets need to be moved into a private cloud. Equally important and valuable to your customer is how well you can present files and applications -- whether public- or private-cloud based -- in a single user interface.