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The combination of private and public clouds, also referred to as hybrid cloud, now looks like the most natural way to evolve IT infrastructure for medium and large organizations. In theory
this model allows you to combine the advantages of both approaches – the flexibility and scalability of public services, and the reliability and manageability of your own data centers. Thus, each
the application can be placed in the most suitable environment for it. Unsurprisingly, according to ECI 2019 research, 85% of companies consider hybrid cloud to be the ideal IT model.
But what about the other side of the coin? To better understand the key challenges facing hybrid cloud operations, Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Nutanix, surveyed 650
IT decision makers from different companies around the world.
The study found that 96% of companies (that is, almost all) faced difficulties in managing applications and data when they were hosted in the private and public clouds. 69% said that
the transition to this model is taking longer than they expected.
Part of the problem is the public component of the hybrid cloud. It turns out that offloading workloads to public cloud platforms is much easier said than done. 71%
of respondents noted the complexity of migration, and 75% indicated the need to adapt or reengineered applications as the main obstacles to the transition to the public cloud. And for some
applications, such a transfer was not possible.
The main problem of managing multiple environments – private and public – is concerns about data security, as stated by 54% of respondents. The next priority problem is personnel, it
only 1% yielded the safety palm. The staffing shortage is understandable if we remember that different tools and knowledge are needed to work with local infrastructure and cloud services.
For example, 88% said they lack qualified IT staff to manage a hybrid cloud. It is noteworthy that half of the companies realized the problem only when they had already started
As companies have to rely on separate teams to operate the public and private cloud, this, along with the complexity of migrating applications and data, increases isolation.
used cloud environments from each other. Such fragmentation increases costs: 49% of respondents noted an increase in the required resources, 45% of an increase in costs, and 43% indicated ineffective
resource usage. Another 34% said they noted slower decision-making. In the current environment, when many are focused on optimizing resources and the rate of change, this data can
exacerbate concerns about investing in this model.
Another block of problems is related to the product licensing policy, which in its current form is not very suitable for a hybrid cloud. 58% of organizations faced licensing difficulties, and
the same number noted the problem of supplier dependence.
However, the respondents, despite all the difficulties of the current implementation, demonstrate an amazing solidarity on the prospects for the development of the hybrid cloud. 95% believe their organizations will
a cost-effective solution that provides consistent operations in public and private clouds. This requires the right management tools – 96% of respondents think so, and another 88% are sure that they
will help standardize and simplify cloud operations.
Speaking about Russian realities, we can note a lower level of penetration of cloud services – both their public data centers and private ones – in comparison with the countries that took part in the survey.
At the same time, the rapid development of domestic cloud providers and their services confirms that we are in the position of quickly catching up. It is all the more important to anticipate difficulties and take into account the experience of companies,
passed this way.
Research findings suggest that it is a unified hybrid cloud environment that delivers consistent experiences, tools, and practices across private and multiple public domains.
cloud, will help alleviate isolation issues and improve operational efficiency, as well as help overcome staffing challenges to some extent.
Regional Director Nutanix Russia and CIS
cloud technologies, clouds in Russia
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