Shifting to Hybrid IT Is No Simple Task

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 04-21-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Shifting to Hybrid IT Is No Simple Task
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    Shifting to Hybrid IT Is No Simple Task

    Although most businesses have embraced the cloud, hybrid IT environments challenge them to ensure security.
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    Importance of Adopting Cloud Technologies
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    Importance 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.
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    Extent of Hybrid Strategy
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    Extent 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.
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    Unlikely 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.
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    Small Businesses and the Cloud
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    Small 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.
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    Top Three Hybrid IT Benefits
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    Top 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
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    Security Is Biggest Challenge
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    Security Is Biggest Challenge

    62% say that security is the biggest challenge associated with managing hybrid IT environments.
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    Top 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.
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    What 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.
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    New Skills and Tools Needed

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

Most businesses have shifted from on-premise infrastructures to hybrid IT environments, creating a dual mandate for IT professionals: increase efficiency through cloud services and ensure that critical systems, databases and applications are secure, according to a new survey. "Cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous, but it's not now and will not in the foreseeable future, be suitable for all workloads. Even if it were, very few, if any, companies would convert all their existing applications to run in the cloud," said Joel Dolisy, CIO, IT management software firm SolarWinds, which conducted the survey. IT professionals must ensure always-on performance of applications, devices, networks and systems regardless of location, he says. Ninety-two percent of IT professionals surveyed in "IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution," say adopting cloud technologies is important to their organizations' long-term business success., SolarWinds conducted the survey in December 2015 of 257 IT practitioners, managers and directors in the United States and Canada participated from public and private sector small, midsize and enterprise companies.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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