Monday, 07 November 2016 12:28

Australia moves quickly to Hybrid IT as ‘infrastructure of choice’


Hybrid IT is fast becoming the IT “infrastructure of choice” for organisations in Australia as they move towards a blend of in-house and third-party services for datacentre, network, security, and applications services, according to a newly publish survey.

The survey – conducted for US telco and data services giant CenturyLink by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan - reveals the growing move towards hybrid IT in Australia is despite the fact that 30% of organisations across the globe have heard the term but are not sure if they understand it correctly.

CenturyLink says a big part of moving to a complete hybrid IT environment is cloud adoption.

“The advantages and benefits of adopting a cloud-based infrastructure are compelling. Moreover, in the backdrop of extensive marketing efforts by cloud vendors, enterprises globally are increasingly becoming aware of the same,” the report says.

“Whilst enterprises are working towards developing a sound information technology (IT) transformation strategy, the benefits of both private and public cloud deployment models necessitate implementation and management of a Hybrid environment that offers an optimal way of managing workloads.”

In Australia the survey revealed that the main drivers for cloud deployment are cost reduction (73%), security (66%) and service delivery improvement (63%), while the main challenges are security (73%), losing control over data (58%) and uptime issues/outages from cloud providers (53%).

Stuart Mills, regional director – Australia and New Zealand, CenturyLink, says “The mix off on-premise, off-premise, managed and outsourced workloads differs for every organisation depending on their requirements”.

“Hybrid IT provides the optimal deployment model that covers the right mix of private cloud, public cloud and traditional IT infrastructure, making it a unique solution to address the needs of today’s organisations.

“Organisations looking to hybrid IT need to choose a partner with the right credentials that can deliver on its promise by providing services that meet KPIs when it comes to pricing, performance, availability, and service delivery,” Mills suggests.

For more information on the APAC results from the CenturyLink survey click here.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a 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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