Our individual rankings for hybrid cloud are dominated by analysts seeking to promote their recent research, reports or opinions.

First up, Kuba Stolarski has been promoting the IDC report on IT cloud spending, commenting that: “Private and public cloud infrastructures have been growing at a similar pace, suggesting that customers are open to a broad array of hybrid deployment scenarios as firms modernise their IT”.

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Natalya Yezhkova also promoted the same IDC report, which forecast IT cloud spending growth of 26% in 2015. He added that: “End users continue to evaluate various approaches to adopting cloud-based IT: some integrate public cloud service into their IT strategies, others choose to build their own private clouds or use third-party private cloud offerings, and some, seeing benefits in both, implement hybrid cloud strategies.”

Step Ahead Solutions launched a kick-starter campaign to gain public funding and bring its services mainstream. Robert Joseph, its CEO, believes that the company’s unique Cloud Services Brokerage offering hybrid IT services is game changing and currently vastly under-utilised, and has the capability to change the way people use computers.

Another vocal analyst Charley McMaster has been promoting the firm’s 2015-16 Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. He was quoted highlighted: “Unitrends’ Recovery943S and Recovery936S [which] stand out from the competition in the high-end hybrid cloud backup appliance market, delivering arguably better protection and recovery for highly virtualised environments as well as connectivity to multiple cloud providers.”

Stacy Nethercoat from distributor Tech Data focused on the free trials the Carbonite were offering through channel partners, saying: “Carbonite’s hybrid backup solutions are a great addition to our suite of cloud offerings.

Further IDC analyst comment from Vladimir Kroa focused on IBM initiatives for Startups to help drive European cloud expansion.  He commented that: ”In Central and Eastern Europe, spending on cloud services, which includes public, private and hybrid cloud, is on the rise and is far exceeding the growth rates of traditional technology delivery models.”

Kroa also added that: “Consequently, the integration of internal and external resources is becoming more frequent as end users are opting for a hybrid cloud model that, on one hand, solves some of the legislative concerns about data privacy, and, at the same time, enables more flexibility, price transparency and acceleration of go-to-market strategies.”

Meanwhile David Dennis from GroundWork focused on the firm’s Cloud Hub Amazon Connector. “Hybrid clouds, using a combination of public clouds like Amazon plus a local private cloud, are becoming increasingly popular with GroundWork’s user base,” he said.

Intel was busy promoting discussion on the need for interoperability to drive both cloud and IoT. Commenting specifically on the fact that CipherCloud and the Cloud Security Alliance are forging a Cloud Security Working Group, Curt Aubley, Intel’s Data Center Group CTO, said that: “With enterprises scaling their use of hybrid cloud solutions to drive their business, the role of interoperable cloud security based on standard APIs is critical.”

Cloudian celebrated its selection as a leading innovator as well as the fact that it has been asked to present at the Japan-U.S. Innovation Awards. Saying that he was delighted to demonstrate its HyperStore hybrid cloud storage solution for smart data applications at the Japan-U.S. Innovation Awards Innovation Showcase, Michael Tso added that: “Since Cloudian’s inception, we’ve seen the explosion of Hybrid IT, an approach to enterprise computing in which an organisation provides and manages some IT resources in-house but uses cloud-based services for others.”

Commenting on EMC’s sale of Box competitor Syncplicity to private equity firm Skyview, Gaurav Verma, Dropbox explained that: “EMC had acquired Syncplicity in May of 2012 and focused since then on its hybrid cloud approach and a high-security competitor to Box and Dropbox.” It will be interesting to see how well Syncplicity thrives against Box and Dropbox without EMC.

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NOTE: the Compare the Cloud #CloudInfluence league tables, are based on a broad big data analysis of all major global news, blogs, forums, and social media interaction over the past 90 days. The league tables provide a snapshot taken at a particular point of time of the respective influence of both organisations and individuals over the last quarter. Companies that were particularly active in the given period will feature more prominently.