Early concerns around whether to use private or public clouds are giving way to hybrid IT models, as organisations discover the best approach is a mixture of both on-premise IT and various cloud-based solutions.
Analyst firm Gartner predicted in 2013 that many existing private cloud deployments will gradually give way to hybrid clouds, and that nearly half of all enterprises will have hybrid clouds by 2018. IDC too has predicted greater adoption of hybrid cloud models in the longer term which would contribute to an increase in both public and private cloud service consumption.
The broader cloud market is on the cusp of significant diversification, with all forms of cloud delivery now likely to attract a greater portion of enterprise IT budgets.
So what’s holding back progress?
An EMC survey conducted by IDG Connect of 600 organisations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and China showed that security and governance top the list of priorities when it comes to cloud implementations, with data privacy and compliance management to off-premise, third party hosting providers being major concerns. In fact, 42% identified this as the ‘most important’ objective and 81% considered it ‘important’.
Further, many remain unconvinced that third party hosting facilities can provide sufficient security, governance and reliability guarantees to facilitate efficient delivery of mission critical workloads. Respondents of the survey also worry that the cost and complexity of integrating off-premise public cloud services with on-premise architecture will limit hybrid cloud adoption within their organisation.
An EMC whitepaper – The state of hybrid cloud – based on the IDC Connect survey results concludes that gaining customer trust in, and familiarity with, the hybrid model appears to be the ultimate key to success for cloud service providers (CSPs).
One cloud advisory firm, Infront Systems, has managed to build this trust effectively by taking the time to familiarise itself with the usage and application requirements of individual businesses and tailor their cloud propositions to match.
“Change is difficult, especially when dealing with entrenched systems, operating models and behaviours. Fortunately, there is no need to abandon current investments or completely overhaul existing infrastructures,” says Glenn Powell, general manager of Infront Systems.
The firm believes that business must embrace the hybrid IT vision, gradually transitioning to become a broker of IT services, governing and controlling the consumption of pooled resources independent of platform or provider.
Infront assured that organisations cautious about switching to tailored hybrid cloud solutions can achieve greater IT efficiency and effectiveness through consolidation, virtualisation and automation of their IT infrastructures.
“Hybrid IT is enabled by a number of technologies that deliver integration, governance, contract management and cloud choice,” says Powell.
“We work with key stakeholders to elicit business goals and strategies, identify underutilised assets, and assemble candidate workloads that could benefit from transformation to cloud services. By supporting the development of cloud strategies, organisations can better align business and IT priorities.”
To see the full results of the IDC Connect research report by EMC into the state of Hybrid IT, click here.
As a leading proponent of the Hybrid IT operating model, Infront has invested in the specialist skills required to help customers transform the way IT is built, consumed and managed. For more information on Infront, and their experienced and qualified team, click here.
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