Shifting to Hybrid IT Is No Simple Task

Shifting to Hybrid IT Is No Simple Task

Shifting to Hybrid IT Is No Simple TaskShifting to Hybrid IT Is No Simple Task

Although most businesses have embraced the cloud, hybrid IT environments challenge them to ensure security.

Importance of Adopting Cloud TechnologiesImportance of Adopting Cloud Technologies

Ninety-two percent of IT professionals say adopting cloud technologies is important to their organizations’ long-term business success, and 27% say it is extremely important.

Extent of Hybrid StrategyExtent of Hybrid Strategy

43% of respondents estimate that half or more of their organization’s total IT infrastructure will reside in the cloud within the next 3 to 5 years.

Unlikely to Migrate Entire Infrastructure to CloudUnlikely to Migrate Entire Infrastructure to Cloud

60% say it is unlikely that all of their organization’s infrastructure will ever be migrated to the cloud. 9% say their organizations have not migrated any infrastructure to the cloud.

Small Businesses and the CloudSmall Businesses and the Cloud

The number of small businesses that have not migrated to the cloud declined from 18% in 2015 to 6% in 2016.

Top Three Hybrid IT BenefitsTop Three Hybrid IT Benefits

The top three hybrid IT benefits by weighted rank are:
Infrastructure cost reduction, Increased infrastructure flexibility/agility, Relieving internal IT personnel of day-to-day management of some infrastructure

Security Is Biggest ChallengeSecurity Is Biggest Challenge

62% say that security is the biggest challenge associated with managing hybrid IT environments.

Top Three Barriers to Further Cloud AdoptionTop Three Barriers to Further Cloud Adoption

The top three barriers to greater cloud adoption are security/compliance concerns, the need to support legacy systems and budget limitations.

What Has Already Been Migrated to the CloudWhat Has Already Been Migrated to the Cloud

69% of respondents say they have already migrated applications to the cloud, followed by storage (49%) and databases (33%). These are the top three areas of highest priority for continued migration.

New Skills and Tools NeededNew Skills and Tools Needed

Only 27% of respondents are sure that their organizations have adequate resources to manage hybrid IT environments.

Top Five Skills NeededTop Five Skills Needed

The top five skills needed to better manage hybrid IT environments are: Hybrid IT monitoring/management tools and metrics: 48% new parent, Application migration: 41%, Distributed architecture: 32%, Service-oriented architectures: 31%, Automation/vendor management: tied at 30%

Support From LeadershipSupport From Leadership

56% say they have the level of support they need from leadership to develop and improve the skills they need to better manage hybrid IT environments.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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