Cloud strategies are Hybrid: Research

As hybrid cloud adoption grows, IT departments shift their business model to become business service providers and brokers

National, December 14, 2015: Canopy, the Atos Cloud, in collaboration with EMC commissioned a study about Hybrid Cloud adoption conducted by Forrester Consulting. Surveying over 150 companies with revenues of $1 billion+ across multiple countries, the findings show an increased adoption of hybrid cloud services with 58% of the respondents saying they already have some form of hybrid cloud environment.

Multi-Cloud is Here and a Reality

The research demonstrates that a majority of companies now understand that their approach to cloud must be through a combination of cloud services. Organizations using hybrid cloud define it as a ‘cloud spread across multiple deployment models’ with 40% of respondents seeing it as a combination of Private and Public Cloud usage.

Service Management Takes Center Stage

51% of respondents consider that the Hybrid Cloud has the potential to allow the consolidation of the management of all cloud services.

Further to that, respondents said that when deploying a hybrid cloud solution the most important factors to be considered are the ability to monitor and optimise cloud costs (55%) and performance (49%).

In response to the potential risks represented by shadow IT, Bring-your-own device and cloud, the survey shows that recognition is high amongst IT professionals for the need of improved management and better governance.

This brings orchestration and service brokering to the heart of the IT strategy, with service management taking center stage in IT organizations which are rapidly shifting to a role of providers and brokers of business services.

Bi-modal IT is the Default IT Model

46% of respondents identified the rewriting of applications to scale as a deployment scenario for Hybrid Cloud, and 33% stated that they have already built some service templates across hybrid clouds.

When asked what to watch for when deploying a hybrid cloud, 47% of respondents said that it was important to ease the ability to port applications across different clouds.

This response indicates that the cloud has become a target platform for many applications, not only for cloud-native applications but also for many enterprise applications which are becoming candidates for cloud deployment.

Commenting on these findings, Philippe Llorens, CEO at Canopy said, “Managing a number of different cloud solutions represents a challenge and a new opportunity for IT leaders. They can solidify their own role within the business by consolidating, governing and managing a combination of cloud-based services to ensure they help meet business needs. With this objective in mind, IT leaders have started to articulate clear strategies in terms of security and governance, and look for partners who have the ability to assist them in their full cloud transformation”.

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