The Ideal Cloud Environment Remains Elusive
For many companies, cloud deployment is routine—a standard operating procedure. The vast majority, in fact, have invested in multiple cloud environments. However, according to a recent survey from Dimension Data, very few organizations can deliver individual business functions throughout all these environments in a seamless manner—which is the idealized version of the hybrid cloud. The resulting report, "Success Factors for Managing Hybrid IT," indicates that user demands for new features and faster provisioning are driving much of the interest in off-premises cloud adoption. However, concerns about cloud costs, data migration, cloud management, app integration and system retrofitting loom large. To address these and other challenges, many organizations are investing in cloud transformation services to come up with the best fit for their particular needs. "Hybrid IT can be deployed as a transition strategy to enable migration from one model to another with minimal disruption, or as a permanent architecture with individual elements of a solution residing in different venues," according to the report. "Given the highly dynamic nature of these environments, there is no one master playbook for hybrid IT. Decisions around deployment models will remain similarly dynamic and will initially involve trial and error based on individual application profiles and requirements." The report includes findings about enterprise investment into other technologies, including security-related ones, and we've included some of those here. Representatives of more than 1,500 global organizations took part in the research, which was conducted by 451 Research.