Most businesses are looking to increase their use of hybrid cloud ahead of public-only alternatives, with this deployment model increasingly being seen as the ideal option for IT environments in the coming years.

This is according to new research from Nutanix, which found more than nine out of ten businesses (91 per cent) believe the hybrid cloud will be the best solution for their needs. However, less than a fifth of firms (18 per cent) have such a model in place today.

The main benefit of choosing a hybrid model ahead of a public-only solution was found to be improved interoperability between cloud types, with 23 per cent naming this is the biggest positive.

Meanwhile, the ability to move applications back and forth between clouds (16 per cent), lower costs (six per cent) and improve security (five per cent) were also among the primary benefits.

Some 87 per cent of respondents said that hybrid cloud as an IT trend is having a positive impact on their businesses, while hybrid cloud users were more likely than public-only users to report that all their needs were being met (49 per cent compared with 37 per cent).

Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer at Nutanix, said hybrid options are increasingly being used as businesses demand better application mobility and interoperability from their IT environments.

"While the advent of public cloud has increased IT efficiency in certain areas, hybrid cloud capabilities are the next step in providing the freedom to dynamically provision and manage applications based on business needs," he continued.

However, Mr Gibson noted that the study has highlighted a significant gap in the market, with many organisations in need of talent that is able to manage hybrid IT models. More than half of respondents (54 per cent) stated talent retention is an issue, so firms will have to prioritise finding or training the right people in the next 12 to 24 months. 

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