Vijay Ramachandran is the Editor-in-Chief of IDG MediaThe higher business velocity and cost efficiency that hybrid models offer seem to indicate that managements will lean that way. A lonely impulse of delightDrove to this tumult in the clouds; I balanced all, brought all to mind\u2026\u2014W.B. YeatsWhen I first wrote an edit on cloud computing six years ago, an enterprise-class cloud was little more than vapourware. You\u2019d think that after so many moons and increased maturity, cloud would be gathering momentum. Many conversations that I\u2019ve been having with a host of CIOs point to a new trend emerging. Data from the CIO|14: The Year Ahead Survey bears witness that India Inc. is seeing a slowdown in investments into the private cloud, with a hybrid first model emerging.Take today\u2019s business demands of efficiency, agility and speed, add the blurry business horizon, with a generous helping of business end-goals and stir in the acute shortage of IT talent and you\u2019re staring at a recipe for catastrophic business failure. CIOs, in trying to avoid this, would have few options than to move some workloads to the public cloud, while keeping the more critical ones within the perimeter.Increasingly, however, I observe organizations begin the move to the public cloud early. Earlier than even putting a \u2018private cloud\u2019 in place!Yet whichever path gets chosen, it leads to one inescapable destination\u2014the here and now and future of the cloud is hybrid. Companies might choose to keep some data and applications at home to escape issues with latency or compliance, the rest will need homes elsewhere\u2014homes that will be rented.This will distress those who swear by \u2018private clouds\u2019. But, let\u2019s be honest without two-way secure bursting a reality, the private cloud is essentially a foundation layer for the cloud without any of its agility or scale.The higher business velocity and cost efficiency that hybrid models offer seem to indicate that managements will lean that way. How about you?