According to CIO India's Mid-Year Review 2014 survey, 48 percent of Indian CIOs are currently using, or planning to implement hybrid clouds in their organizations, compared to 35 percent last year.

Indian CIOs are looking at the hybrid cloud with new-found love.

According to CIO India's Mid-Year Review 2014 research this year, 48 percent of Indian CIOs are currently using, or planning to implement hybrid clouds in their organizations this year, compared to 35 percent last year. There is a whopping 13 percent hike in that number over last year. This is a clear indication that hybrid cloud adoption is going up.

The hike is directly proportional to the fall in private cloud adoption figures. Last year, 51 percent of Indian CIOs said that they were using a private cloud or were considering its use. This year, that number has come down to 37 percent.

Companies with revenues over Rs 10,000 crore are inching more towards hybrid cloud compared to private cloud. There's a 10 percent dip in the percentage of Indian CIOs deploying or planning to deploy private cloud. This has been compensated in their growing investments towards public and hybrid clouds.

The reasons are clear. Integrating existing IT products, updating current infrastructure and building a case for private cloud are seen as the top three hurdles by CIOs for launching private clouds within their organizations.

While public cloud adoption is gradually gaining ground, CIOs still observe a number of concerns such as security defects in the technology, unauthorized access to or leak of customers' information as well as vendor lock-in, which prevents them from deploying it.

Hybrid cloud, on the other hand, is seen a way out, which is nothing but a composition of two or more clouds private and public that remain unique entities but are bound together, permitting data transfer if required, and offering the benefits of multiple deployment models.

The IT/ITeS sector is also showing renewed interest in hybrid cloud. Companies deploying hybrid clouds have shot up by a massive 23 percent in the sector.  Over 47 percent of Indian CIOs are expected to complete their hybrid cloud deployments this fiscal.

For the healthcare and pharma sector, 42 percent of Indian CIOs are planning to use a hybrid cloud model this year because they believe that it gives them higher reliability, more security and better performance.

Unlike manufacturing, healthcare, and IT/ITes , Indian CIOs in the BFSI segment are still clinging on to privacy and security issues and continue to remain rigid about public clouds. But the number of CIOs from the financial sector currently using, or planning to use hybrid clouds has marginally gone up compared to last year.