Cloud Failing to Deliver for Many European Organizations: Report

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Only 12 percent of European organizations are taking a “cloud-first” approach to IT infrastructure, held back by concerns over a range of issues including cost, integration, and flexibility, according to research released Thursday by enterprise cloud provider Nutanix.

The Future for Hybrid Cloud report, drawn from a survey of 400 IT directors and strategists in the UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands by Quocirca, indicates that persistent obstacles are preventing hybrid cloud from being deployed “as quickly as some proponents suggest.”

The report shows that most organizations are increasing their cloud use, but some are actually drawing back from the cloud. Two percent of public cloud deployments are shrinking, along with 10 percent of private cloud, 7 percent of mixed cloud, and 11 percent of hybrid cloud deployments.

“While the message championed by many interested parties is that the world is moving to various clouds, our numbers paint a more complex picture,” said Chris Kaddaras, vice president and head of EMEA, Nutanix. “Beware of generalizations: organizations are still in the process of moving certain workloads to certain types of cloud environment and this is far from being a full-scale migration. Cloud platforms provide a wealth of opportunities but, clearly, there are still wrinkles to iron out. The future of hybrid cloud will depend on making it easier to adopt solutions that allow workloads to pass seamlessly between multiple platforms.”

Respondents were asked what their main reasons were for moving workloads to cloud, and if those expectations were being met. Among those who report moving to the cloud for faster delivery of functionality, only 39 percent said it had been fully met, and eight percent said it has not at all. The small minority who chose public cloud to move capital expenditures to operating expenditures, 17 percent said their expectations were fully met.

When asked what changes could make them adopt cloud more quickly, respondents mostly answered with different aspects of integration. API automation to integrate platforms was the most common suggestion, followed by greater ease of moving workloads across platforms and intelligent automation of workload management.

On the business side, data sovereignty and security is the top barrier to hybrid cloud adoption, according to the report, while on the technological side it is concerns related to security platforms and people.

“We are still at the early stages of cloud, and organizations are finding that not all workloads are cloud-ready, and that their own staff are not quite as cloud-savvy as they hoped,” said Clive Longbottom, service director of Quocirca. “But our research shows the thirst for cloud is there, and suggests that those moving towards a well-architected mixture of private and public cloud are the ones gaining the best overall competitive advantages.”

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