Cloud adoption is growing in the enterprise, and hybrid cloud is leading the way, according to a new study from SUSE, released Wednesday. According to the report, 66% of respondents expect growth for hybrid cloud to continue, compared to 55% for private cloud and 36% for public cloud.

Moves to the cloud are mostly about cost, with more than 60% of respondents claiming cost reduction was their primary driver for adoption. Additionally, 59% said they were moving to the cloud to improve developer and programmer productivity, while 58% were making the move to consolidate their data center.

Despite the plethora of tools available through the public cloud, private and hybrid models remain the most in-demand options for mission-critical workloads, the report said. Some 89% said they would actually prefer to shift from doing development in the public cloud to running production in a private cloud, the report noted.

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The report also examined respondents’ views on software-defined infrastructure (SDI), which 95% said would be the future of the data center. In terms of the top advantages of SDI, 65% said faster delivery of IT resources, 63% said simplified data center management, and 51% said clearing the way for new IT approaches like DevOps and hybrid cloud.

“Today, every business is a digital business, and adopting a flexible, agile software-defined infrastructure can make the difference between success and failure,” SUSE CTO Thomas Di Giacomo said in the report.

Of those surveyed, 86% said DevOps was a part of their future IT strategy. Container adoption was also addressed, with 27% of IT leaders saying that their company was already using containers. An additional 44% said that they planned on implementing containers within the next year.

However, moving to the cloud presents its own challenges. Nearly three-fourths of organizations were concerned about the skills gap regarding the cloud when they made the transition.

The needed skills were split, though. Some 97% said that more skills were needed in private cloud, while 94% said more skills were needed in hybrid cloud, 93% said analytics, and 91% said IoT.

SUSE’s survey was conducted by Insight Avenue, which surveyed more than 1,400 senior IT leaders in organizations across 20 countries. Each organization represented had at least 250 employees, with almost half claiming more than 1,000 employees.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. A new SUSE survey found that 66% of IT leaders expected growth for hybrid cloud to continue, compared to 55% for private cloud and 36% for public cloud.
  2. Some 60% of IT leaders were moving to the cloud for cost reduction, while others were moving to improve developer and programmer productivity or consolidate their data center.
  3. DevOps was considered a key part of the future IT strategy at 86% of organizations, and 27% of companies had already deployed containers.