Report: Hybrid Cloud Brings IT Management Challenges

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More than two-thirds of all workloads (68 percent) will be running in the cloud within two years, up from 63 percent today, according to a report released Tuesday by Dimension Data. The Success Factors for Managing Hybrid IT report shows the developing impact of maturing cloud practices in several ways, such as plans to use more than one cloud service provider in the next two years by 70 percent of organizations.

Managing the hybrid IT environment is one of the top challenges of hybrid deployment, according to 41 percent of those surveyed, placing it among the three most common responses. Companies are divided on how to address this challenge, with 41 percent working with multiple vendors and managing them themselves, while 37 percent use a single vendor with a range of products and services.

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Another sign of the times for cloud is the most challenging aspects of cloud deployments, which respondents said are cost management, followed by data migration. Security, long a top barrier to cloud-use, real or imagined, is considered one of the most challenging aspects by less than a quarter of those surveyed.

451 Research conducted the study on behalf of Dimension Data, surveying 1,500 global IT decision-makers at large enterprises from multiple vertical industries for the report. It found significant splits among national markets in motivation for moving to hybrid IT. Companies in the U.S., U.K., and Hong Kong most frequently identified user demand, while those in France, Singapore, and South Africa cited cost, and the greatest number of German firms are moving to hybrid IT to cope with limited data center capacity.

More than half of respondents (52 percent) globally are evaluating or using container technology, and 45 percent are evaluating or using software defined networking (SDN), while all but 4 percent have some kind of DevOps team or practice.

“With data and processes shifting across multiple cloud and non-cloud environments, a new approach to management is called for,” Dimension Data Group CEO Jason Goodall said in a statement. “IT managers are under tremendous pressure to seek new ways to manage and secure multiple IT environments in an effective manner. Automation is important because it helps reduce the operating costs, as well as the pain caused by the growing complexity of business processes and management tasks. It is simply no longer appropriate or cost-effective for these tasks to be done manually.”

Hybrid cloud environments are used or will be within three years by 83 percent of enterprises, according to research released in January by EMC.

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