In our blog post entitled Cloud Computing Investments and the “New IT,” we discussed how IT leaders are now being tasked with not only managing the day-to-day operations of their departments, but also serving as trusted advisors to their executives, customers and partners. Face with limited resources and a hyper-competitive market for IT talent, IT leaders listed their top concerns in a recent survey by EMC.
- Concern about their staffs keeping up with the latest technologies. Sixty-nine percent of respondents to the global survey said that they anticipate difficulty training IT staff over the next two years in cloud computing, big data and mobile technology.
- Loss of control of IT spending
- Lack of in-house expertise for on-demand services. Seventy-one percent of respondents said they believe IT must serve as in-house brokers for on demand services to help business growth.
Cost and control driving hybrid cloud adoption
Faced with these challenges, IT leaders are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud solutions. According to the EMC survey, hybrid cloud adoption has grown 9% since 2013, and 27% worldwide. Nearly two-thirds of global respondents (APJ, EMEA and Americas), indicated that they needed a hybrid cloud model – citing the agility and security it provides. Many of the survey respondents also said that adopting hybrid cloud solutions would allow them to take advantage of potential cost savings while allowing them to keep certain data under their control in-house.
Almost half of survey respondents think IT spending is moving away from their control. One reason for this could be the prevalence of “shadow IT” when business departments essentially go around IT to purchase their own technology, including cloud services. These business units often have a “one-and-done” attitude towards IT investments. They often swipe their credit card to access cloud services, without considering the cumulative costs over a year or more.
Issues such as governance and control often surface in shadow IT, including lack of compliance oversight, loss of data management control and exposure to potential security breaches. While security is top priority for executives, availability is also a key concern. For example, business units can become fully reliant on their own cloud services, without considering such factors as scheduling regular data backups or developing and testing a disaster recovery plan.
By leveraging a hybrid cloud, IT managers can set policies to automatically move non-production data to the cloud while still having control of business-critical data inhouse. This allows them to keep essential data under their domain while still taking advantage of cost savings that cloud storage provides.
Public, private or hybrid cloud – selecting the best environment
If you’re looking for clarity and insights regarding hybrid cloud environments, HOSTING stands ready to help. Contact us anytime with your questions or concerns. And log onto our on-demand webinar, Public, Private and Hybrid: The Straight Skinny on Cloud Platforms. Sean Bruton, HOSTING Vice President of Products, offers a clear overview of the different cloud platforms and offers insights into selecting the right combination for your business.