A majority of enterprises are concerned about vendor lock-in and avoid running sensitive data in the public cloud, according to new research from Stratoscale, a provider of cloud infrastructure technology.

The company surveyed more than 650 IT professionals in June 2017, and found that more than 80 percent of organizations deploying data, applications, and workloads to the public cloud avoid running sensitive data, critical workloads and regulated applications in these environments.

As more enterprises move to multi-cloud models, they are also sharing growing concerns of public cloud lock-in, and have become more aware of the negative consequences and implications, the report said.

A majority of respondents (77 percent) define the value of the hybrid cloud in two ways. In enterprises with hybrid cloud adoption level below 20 percent, hybrid cloud is most often defined as the ability to move workloads between private and public cloud. But as cloud adoption increases and exceeds 20 percent, the focus shifts accordingly to the concept that different workloads belong in different public and private environments.

Securing the cloud is still a top concern for organizations. About two thirds of respondents confirmed that their company has migrated less than 20 percent of their workloads to a public cloud. For large enterprises (10,000-plus employees), 70 percent have migrated less than 20 percent of workloads to a public cloud.

“The transformation to a ‘digital business’ by implementing cloud services and platforms is no longer much of an option; it’s an imperative for the continued survival of any enterprise,” said Ariel Maislos, CEO at Stratoscale. “The findings from our survey confirm what we’re hearing from our customers. Although many have started their journey to the public cloud, the vast majority of companies are still running mission critical workloads and sensitive data in private solutions, primarily for security reasons.”

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Bob Violino

Bob Violino

Bob Violino is a freelance technology and business writer who covers a variety of topics, including big data and analytics, cloud computing, information security and mobile technology.