Nutanix has released the findings of its second global Enterprise Cloud Index with 85% of respondents selecting hybrid cloud as their ideal IT operating model.
The study reports that while reduced CAPEX has traditionally been a key stimulant to public cloud uptake, workloads with more predictable characteristics can often run on-premises at a lower cost than public cloud. Savings are thereby dependent on decision makers’ ability to match each application to the appropriate cloud service and pricing tier, and to remain diligent about regularly reviewing service plans and fees.
The report also finds that apps are migrating away from the public cloud back to on-premises infrastructures. Nearly three-fourths of respondents reported that they are moving some applications off the public cloud and back on-prem, and 22% of those users are moving five or more applications. App mobility is critical, and more than nine in ten respondents reported that it is essential or desirable to be able to easily move applications between cloud environments.
More than half of 2019 respondents said that the state of security among clouds would have the biggest influence on their cloud deployment plans going forward. Similarly, data security and compliance represented the top variable (26%) in determining where an enterprise runs a given workload.
Enterprises are striving to integrate cloud computing with their digital transformation goals. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of 2019 respondents said digital transformation was driving their cloud implementations, and 64% said that digital transformation was the top business priority in their organizations.
“As organizations continue to grapple with complex digital transformation initiatives, flexibility and security are critical components to enable seamless and reliable cloud adoption,” said Wendy M. Pfeiffer, CIO of Nutanix. “The enterprise has progressed in its understanding and adoption of hybrid cloud, but there is still work to do when it comes to reaping all of its benefits. In the next few years, we’ll see businesses rethinking how to best utilize hybrid cloud, including hiring for hybrid computing skills and reskilling IT teams to keep up with emerging technologies.”
The company surveyed 2,650 IT decision-makers in 24 countries in the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific.
The data demonstrates the ability for channel partners to more strongly engage hybrid cloud options in order to better support customer flexibility and security.