Five reasons hybrid cloud might be your best business choice

Liam O'Sullivan, October 13, 2021

Up until recently, cloud-first not only meant cloud-only, but also public cloud-only. As "as-a-service" took over, server rooms were being transformed into extra meeting spaces. Fast forward to today, where we know that while public cloud providers can meet some of your IT requirements, they’re not ideal for all of them. 

Here are five of the main reasons most companies never migrate their entire IT estate into the public cloud


  1. Up to 70% of applications and data need to stay on-premises for a range of reasons including data gravity, latency, IP protection, performance and app entanglement1. This means that some IT needs to remain on-premises.
  2. Two-thirds of companies see security and data compliance as a barrier to public cloud adoption2
  3. Cloud migration skills are scarce, with 39% of CIOs saying this is stalling their cloud strategies3, sometimes by two years or more4
  4. Technically, public cloud doesn’t always deliver. Most CIOs have noticed latency and speed issues when using cloud applications5.
  5. Despite expectations, public cloud costs can skyrocket. Up to 30% of cloud spend is wasted6 and cloud spend is typically 24% over budget6.

Here’s a bonus point: 


Public cloud fills a need, especially in this connected, remote-working world. But it’s a mistake to believe that it can replace the on-premises data centre.

In fact, it turns out that in a majority of cases, those companies that unintentionally ended up with a hybrid cloud configuration found themselves well positioned for business growth, availability, reliability, flexibility, scalability, security and compliance. Rather than being a half-measure, hybrid cloud is the solution that allows businesses the most flexibility.

With the benefits of a consciously hybrid approach in mind, many IT leaders are wondering how to achieve the optimal balance. The first step is ensuring that the data centre is future fit, as apps and services are either migrated back to on-premises, or new systems are developed for an efficient hybrid environment.

HPE GreenLake delivers on-premises workloads using a pay-per-use model*. At its core are all the benefits of on-premises IT infrastructure, partnered with cloud-like consumption-based pricing. It’s an approach that gives you all the speed and flexibility benefits of the cloud experience, while also ensuring you maintain control over your data and key apps – all for a predictable monthly fee that means you may never need to lay out capital for your IT infrastructure again. 

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1 IDC Cloud Pulse Q1 2020
Having your cake and eating it too: Bringing the public cloud experience to the on-premises data centre, 451 Research, October 2019
3 IDC expects 2021 to be the year of multi-cloud as global COVID-19 pandemic reaffirms critical need for business agility
Gartner: “4 trends impacting cloud adoption in 2020”
5 Accenture: “25 cloud trends for 2021 and beyond”
6 Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud report

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