Enterprises plan to increase hybrid cloud usage, with 91 per cent stating hybrid cloud as the ideal IT model, but only 18 per cent stating they have that model today, said Nutanix’s first ever global Enterprise Cloud Index.
Majority of enterprises state hybrid cloud as the ideal IT model: Study
Enterprises plan to increase hybrid cloud usage, with 91 per cent stating hybrid cloud as the ideal IT model, but only 18 per cent stating they have that model today, according to Nutanix’s first ever global Enterprise Cloud Index, measuring enterprise plans for adopting private, hybrid and public clouds.
The findings also revealed that application mobility across any cloud is a top priority for 97 per cent of respondents – with 88 per cent of respondents saying it would “solve a lot of my problems.” Additionally, the report found public cloud is not a panacea; IT decision makers ranked matching applications to the right cloud environment as a critical capability, and 35 per cent of organizations using public clouds overspent their annual budget. When asked to rank the primary benefits of hybrid cloud, interoperability between cloud types (23 per cent) and the ability to move applications back and forth between clouds (16 per cent) outranked cost (6 per cent) and security (5 per cent) as the primary benefits.
Nutanix commissioned Vanson Bourne to survey IT decision makers about where they are running their business applications today, where they plan to run them in the future, challenges in setting up their cloud environments and how their cloud initiatives stack up against other IT projects and priorities. The survey resulted in approximately 2,300 respondents from multiple industries, business sizes and geographies in the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) regions.
In roles centered on agility and digital transformation, IT teams understand that runtime environments for enterprise apps change constantly. 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 per cent) reporting one or more incidents of shadow IT.
Other key findings of the report include:
Hybrid cloud better addresses business needs over single public cloud, including the price tag: 87 per cent 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 per cent) compared to single public cloud users (37 per cent). Furthermore, organizations that use public cloud spend 26 per cent of their annual IT budget on public cloud. Perhaps most striking is the fact that only 6 per cent using public cloud came in under budget, while nearly six times as many (35 per cent) overspent in their use of public cloud resources.
Security is top of mind for determining workloads: 71 per cent 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 per cent, and cost at 52 per cent.
App developers today are circumventing IT: 57 per cent of respondents said their developers are circumventing IT when it comes to deciding where applications run, putting the organization 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 per cent 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 per cent) and within 12 months’ time (31 per cent). However, the two-year outlook has EMEA (43 per cent) surpassing the Americas’ hybrid plans (39 per cent) and APJ (39 per cent) catching up.
“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: Organizations need IT talent to manage their hybrid cloud models, especially in the next 12 to 24 months.”
(Story first published on cioandleader.com)