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Thursday, 17 December 2015 15:50

Organisations struggle with hybrid cloud deployments

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Hybrid cloud adoption is high with nearly every large organisation using some sort of hybrid cloud infrastructure however many are having problems with their hybrid implementations

A new report ‘Completing the hybrid cloud puzzle’ finds the majority of organisations (90%) are currently implementing some kind of hybrid cloud infrastructure; while 96% expect to migrate applications or data to cloud infrastructure within the next 5 years.

When asking why organisations were looking to hybrid cloud, the survey found three out of five organisations were choosing to hybrid solutions in order to realise greater cost efficiency, flexibility and scalability; with 40% looking to lower total cost of ownership (TCO); and 38% transitioning from a Capex to Opex model

Just over half (55%) identified a mixture of in-house and outsourced IT infrastructure using private and/or public cloud, either on-premise and/or off-premise where appropriate as their ideal model for future IT service delivery

However, of the 94% of organisations that had already migrated applications or data to cloud infrastructure, 70% had experienced some kind of failure – whether in terms of a failed or stalled project, or a failure to realise the business benefits anticipated. Moreover, despite confirming a good level of engagement both internally and externally for decisions concerning IT strategy, planning and execution, just over half of respondents (54%) are yet to identify the optimum technical solution to address their business requirement.

“The business benefits of cloud technologies may be compelling, but organisations continue to struggle when it comes to delivering on them,” states Phil Bindley, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at report sponsors The Bunker. “Whilst it is clear CIOs and IT decision-makers recognise the importance of aligning IT and business strategy, our research shows that many are unable to translate into technology what the business is trying to achieve.”

According to the report, only a fifth of respondents (21%) rated their organisation's ability to execute on their vision for IT service delivery as ‘excellent’, while just under a third (29%) rated it as ‘fair’, with some external assistance required to address gaps in knowledge. Overall the top three factors contributing to a failed or stalled cloud migration were identified as: a lack of in-house skills (49%); confusing, biased or incorrect advice (44%); and lack of integration of cloud Infrastructure and non-cloud resources (41%).

“CIOs and IT decision-makers do not appear to be getting the advice or support they need,” continues Bindley. “The disconnect that exists between the skills and knowledge available internally and the advice received externally from consultancies and key suppliers demonstrates the importance of working with the right partners to develop a hybrid cloud strategy that is both deliverable and properly aligned with the needs of the business.”

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