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Hybrid cloud solutions on rise, but enterprises slow to take up: report

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Organisations worldwide, including in Australia, are hungry for hybrid cloud (91%), but only 18% have that model today, according to a new research report that also found over a third of organisations overspent on public cloud budget.

The research report, from enterprise cloud computing provider Nutanix, also reveals that interoperability between cloud types was the main driver for hybrid cloud, outranking cost and security while:

  • Seventy-one percent ranked data security and regulatory compliance as the top factor to determine where to put workloads; and
  • Over half of respondents say finding the right IT talent is a barrier to hybrid cloud.

According to the research, carried out by Vanson Bourne and covering 2300 respondents from multiple industries and businesses, application mobility across any cloud is a top priority for 97% of respondents – with 88% of respondents saying it would “solve a lot of my problems".

But the report also found public cloud is not a panacea, with IT decision makers ranking matching applications to the right cloud environment as a critical capability, and 35% of organisations using public clouds overspent their annual budget.

When asked to rank the primary benefits of hybrid cloud, interoperability between cloud types (23%) and the ability to move applications back and forth between clouds (16%) outranked cost (6%) and security (5%) as the primary benefits, Nutanix reports.

“As enterprises demand stronger application mobility and interoperability, they are increasingly choosing hybrid cloud infrastructure,” said Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer for Nutanix.

“While the advent of public cloud has increased IT efficiency in certain areas, hybrid cloud capabilities are the next step in providing the freedom to dynamically provision and manage applications based on business needs. However, the findings of this study reveal an important gap in the market: organisations need IT talent to manage their hybrid cloud models, especially in the next 12 to 24 months.”

In roles centred on agility and digital transformation, the research revealed that IT teams understand that runtime environments for enterprise apps change constantly, and respondents indicated a need for greater orchestration and application mobility across cloud environments, as they seek flexibility to move apps to the “right” cloud on a more dynamic basis.

In addition, shadow IT practices that circumvent enterprise IT teams are posing a significant challenge to forecasting and controlling public cloud spend, with well over half of respondents (57%) reporting one or more incidents of shadow IT, Nutanix reports.

Other key findings of the report, and comments by Nutanix, include:
 
Hybrid cloud better addresses business needs over single public cloud, including the price tag: 87% of respondents said that hybrid cloud as an IT trend is having a  positive impact on their businesses, and more hybrid cloud users reported all their needs were being met (49%), compared to single public cloud users (37%). Furthermore, organisations that use public cloud spend 26% of their annual IT budget on public cloud.  Perhaps most striking is the fact that only 6% using public cloud came in under budget, while nearly six times as many (35%) overspent in their use of public cloud resources.

Security is top of mind for determining workloads: 71% of respondents surveyed for the report ranked data security and regulatory compliance as the top factor in determining where to provision their workloads. This was followed by performance at 62%, ease of management at 53%, and cost at 52%.

App developers today are circumventing IT: 57% of respondents said their developers are circumventing IT when it comes to deciding where applications run, putting the organisation at potential risk.

Finding hybrid IT talent is difficult: With clear benefits to a hybrid model, respondents say scarcity of hybrid experts is a challenge, with 54% claiming talent retention is part of the problem.

EMEA is expected to surpass the Americas with hybrid cloud adoption: Regionally, the Americas reported greater use of hybrid clouds now (22%) and within 12 months’ time (31%). However, the two-year outlook has EMEA (43%) surpassing the Americas’ hybrid plans (39%) and APJ (39%) catching up.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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