New research reveals that 66% of enterprises plan to move to a hybrid cloud environment within the next four years.
The study of 150 enterprise CIOs and IT Directors finds that a large majority plan to combine public cloud and private data centres to deliver business applications – rather than opting for a cloud only (17%) or private data centre only approach (17%). Results also highlight trends in cloud networking, delivery, adoption and barriers to adoption.
Networking in the cloud
To support the hybrid cloud model over 63% of businesses surveyed plan to use a mixture of traditional MPLS-based corporate networks and cost-effective IP-VPNs. With almost 70% of companies citing cost reduction as the primary driver for selecting a cloud project, moving to a hybrid networking strategy emerges as a popular route to control IT budgets.
Despite the increased complexity associated with adopting a hybrid networking model, surprisingly over 50% of companies plan to deploy and manage their on-going cloud program themselves, using their own IT department. Just 31% plan to outsource this process to external service providers to manage with the remainder not planning to adopt the cloud.
Cloud adoption and barriers to adoption
By the end of 2012 50% of companies are set to have a private cloud (completely virtualised central datacentre) in place. Almost a third have already implemented a private cloud with a further 20% expecting to have done so within the next two years. Security was seen as the primary barrier to cloud adoption with 58% of respondents believing security concerns prevented greater implementation. Performance of the cloud model was also viewed as a challenge with 39% of respondents viewing performance issues as a barrier to further adoption.
From this research it’s clear that a combination of cloud and private data centres is becoming the primary model for enterprise IT. The cloud can bring great benefits but a hybrid model will add complexity as applications are delivered from a variety of locations across different networks. IT leaders taking on this challenge need to view the WAN as a strategic asset and guarantee performance at the application level.