A recent survey of IT managers shows that most recognize that the hybrid cloud is the way to go. However, most still also trying to understand what it is.
This is the result of a survey of 1,050 CIOs by The Hybrid Hive, a news website sponsored by Fujitsu and several other partners. Hybrid solutions are already common: two-thirds of respondents said they already have a hybrid IT environment in place, while 51% are open to the idea. Businesses spend almost a third of their total IT budget on cloud computing, 14% dedicating more than half of this technology.
Four fifths (79%) of IT managers believe “inevitable” that the future of the IT infrastructure business is hybrid, while 81% say they will deploy a hybrid computing environment to meet the needs of their business.
The big question of the learning curve
However, there is a learning curve that has to be climbed. Nearly two thirds (62%) admit they need extra help understanding the hybrid computing and its implications. In addition, 37% confide not know what it’s like “good” hybrid computing model, against 33% who claim the opposite.
So what exactly cloud computing hybrid? In the US, the National Standards and Technology Institute (NIST) defines “hybrid cloud computing” (see page 7 of the guide) as consisting “of two distinct infrastructure cloud (private, Community or public) that remain unique entities but are connected by standardized or proprietary technology that enables portability of data and applications (such as “cloud bursting” for load balancing between cloud environments). ”
The ideal environment for hybrid cloud computing will give the impression that all of its components (onsite and offsite) constitute a single system. As explained Dave Cartwright in a recent post on The Register : “There is a word in this definition is highly crucial for a hybrid cloud computing configuration: the orchestration The most important aspect is that hybrid cloud. it is, as much as possible as a single entity that just happens to be divided between several locations, providers and technologies. ”
Reduced costs or business agility?
There are risks related to the fact that IT managers are not quite familiar with the hybrid cloud computing, warn the authors of the report Hybrid Hive. “If IT decision makers who do not understand what it’s like” good “hybrid outnumber those who understand, there is a risk that the approach is not implemented in a way that best reflects the company’s needs. This could potentially be costly and damaging in the long term. ”
In addition, security concerns, coupled with the lack of knowledge, create a reluctance to move forward with the leaders. These also tend to adopt a short-term view of hybrid cloud computing: they focus on reducing costs, but do not consider the long-term benefits such as business agility.
“There is clearly a lack of knowledge,” lament the study authors. This “puts us in some way to a crossroads: will we leave this knowledge to continue, at the risk of not exploiting the potential value of the hybrid model over the long term, or will we work together as an industry to the address? “.