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With cloud systems now in use by nearly all businesses, many companies are starting to take it to the next level, a new study finds.

Research from CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology industry, revealed that 60 percent of businesses have boosted their cloud use by leveraging multiple cloud models in different combinations to increase benefits and efficiencies.

Researchers found three ways companies are altering their cloud habits since their original transition:

  • Public to public: The most popular type of move is from one public cloud provider to another. Factors for switching providers include security, costs, features, open standards, outages and customer service.
  • Public to private: A true private cloud employs software that manages resources automatically, dynamically allocating as needed without manual intervention.
  • Public to on-premise: By far the primary motivation to move back to an on-premise system is security. Companies may simply move a particular application that gives them concern, while they still have less sensitive applications on public cloud platforms.

"Once companies hit a stage where they are using cloud systems as a standard part of IT architecture, they weigh the pros and cons of various providers and models and continually shift to achieve the optimal mix," said Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis and market research for CompTIA. "A healthy percentage of companies are moving from one public cloud provider to another, moving from a public cloud provider to their own private cloud, or moving applications back on-premise."

Specifically, the research found that nearly 30 percent of businesses moved to a different public cloud provider, while 25 percent moved to a private cloud and 24 percent to an on-premise system.

The study shows that the most popular reasons businesses have turned to the cloud are for storage, business continuity, disaster recovery and security.

The study was based on surveys of 501 technology or business professionals in the U.S. and 400 IT channel companies.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.