The Key to an Effective Hybrid Multicloud Strategy

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When it comes to hybrid cloud strategies, 90% of 350 global IT decision-makers agree that on-premises technology will remain a critical part of their organisations’ infrastructure.

Naturally, this may take a great many people by surprise, considering the recent rapid growth of public cloud usage.

Some may even wonder how organisations are continuing to use on-premises IT infrastructure, given the undoubted trend to migrate evermore workloads to the cloud.

To gain a deeper understanding of how and why these organisations are leveraging on-premises to develop their hybrid multicloud strategies, Forrester Consulting undertook a wide-ranging study exploring the views of the world’s most forward-thinking IT decision-makers.

Amongst its major findings, it discovered that organisations are selecting the IT infrastructure strategies that fit their chief requirements, such as enabling and optimising the full stack of necessary tasks – and the inclusion of on-premises infrastructure does indeed remain key.

 

What is hybrid cloud spending like when compared to on-prem?

82% of the surveyed IT decision makers expect their organisations’ funding for public cloud to grow over the next two years.

Even so, 85% admit that their organisations are also increasing funding for IT infrastructure outside of public cloud.

Quite obviously, organisations are projected to continue increasing investment both inside and outside of public cloud.

The needs of such a wide variety of organisations can vary greatly, of course, when it comes to developing the right hybrid cloud strategies.

Yet the Forrester Report discovered that there were common considerations that IT decision-makers rely on, including workload, security needs, and time-to-value.

For example, decisions revolve around the specific type of workload.

The surveyed IT decision makers anticipate that more than half of mission-critical workloads and 47% of data-intensive workloads will be run either on-premises or in an internal private cloud within two years’ time.

 

Cloud computing examples of unexpected vulnerabilities

The survey highlighted a number of other important points.

It was found that infrastructure refreshes and upgrades are important, as delays come at a cost.

Despite growth in investment outside of public cloud, over the last five years most organisations (61%) have postponed an infrastructure refresh at least a few times.

These delayed IT infrastructure refreshes and upgrades expose enterprises to software compatibility issues and expensive vulnerabilities.

They also ultimately lead to a negative impact on customer experience.

Here’s just a snapshot of what was learned when the survey’s 350 IT infrastructure decision makers were asked: “What repercussions has your organisation faced after a delay in infrastructure refresh?”

(Showing top 5 repercussions, ranked 1 to 5 by respondents)

Security vulnerabilities 44%

Restrictions for compatible apps, software, services 43%

Inability to meet expectations of customers/employees 43%

Loss of competitive edge as an IT organisation 39%

Diminished performance 38%

 

Granting hazy business strategies a firmer hybrid cloud definition

How are organisations developing and implementing their IT infrastructure strategies for operational excellence?

What is the vital role of on-prem infrastructure for hybrid cloud?

And, perhaps more importantly, what is the best technology strategy achieving the optimal mix of on-prem and cloud applications and infrastructures?

You can find the answers to all these questions and more by accessing our Free Report Download: ‘Forrester Consulting: The Key to Enterprise Hybrid Multicloud Strategy.’

You can also find out everything you and your clients need to know about cloud management, hybrid cloud, and hybrid architecture to ensure an enterprises’ comprehensive data strategy works in full accord with its hybrid cloud strategy.

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