Organisations see value in a hybrid cloud model but seven in 10 say adoption is taking longer than expected, according to a global survey of IT leaders by Nutanix.

Nutanix, an enterprise cloud computing company, announced findings of its new report this week. The research, conducted by independent firm Vanson Bourne looks at key challenges and opportunities with hybrid cloud adoption and management by surveying 650 IT decision-makers from multiple industries, business sizes and geographies.

While most see hybrid cloud as the ideal IT model, the report showed that many struggle to adopt it — with 70 per cent of organisations believing that their transformation is taking longer than expected.

Nearly all respondents (95 per cent) think their organisation would benefit from an optimal hybrid implementation providing consistent IT constructs and operations across multiple clouds, eliminating many of the challenges they currently face ranging from operational silos to staffing shortages.

As businesses everywhere struggle to adapt to a new reality, Nutanix says the report demonstrates flexibility is crucial to business success.

“According to the findings, Australian businesses have a heightened concern for security, with 84 per cent of local organisations citing it as a barrier to moving applications to public cloud,” said Lee Thompson, A/NZ Managing Director of Nutanix.

“Despite these trepidations, the findings make it very clear Australian businesses want hybrid cloud and are headed in that direction.”

According to Thompson the research shows Australian organisations were the most confident in having the IT skills needed to get there, with only 32 per cent of businesses saying skills shortages held them back.

“While this is still a significant number, it’s considerably ahead of the global average of 50 per cent. As we adapt to a new economy, it’s important we continue to invest in those skills and overcome security challenges as businesses get used to a new, digital-focused working environment.”

Additional findings include:

  • Public Cloud Alone is Not Always the Answer: Public cloud revolutionised the IT industry, offering more agility and operational efficiency. And while it’s ideal for some applications and workloads, it’s not for others, leading businesses to embrace a hybrid infrastructure.

According to the research, the majority of respondents have concerns about running business-critical applications, those most vital to their business, on public cloud, specifically around reliability (75 per cent), portability (73 per cent), and cost (72 per cent).

Additionally, some are simply unable to move their business-critical applications, due to complexity or cost. For example, the need to re-architect or re-platform applications (75 per cent) and the complexity of the migration (71 per cent) are top concerns preventing respondents from porting applications.

  • Hybrid Widens the IT Skills Gap: Although many businesses struggle to find enough qualified IT talent, the issue grows when looking for professionals who can manage both a public and a private cloud infrastructure, as currently the two environments require different skill sets.

Most organisations (88 per cent) are facing challenges in ensuring their IT staff has the necessary skills to manage a hybrid IT infrastructure, and over half (53 per cent) see this as a top concern.

  • Skill Gaps Create Silos and Inefficiencies: Given the different skills required to manage public and private cloud infrastructures, businesses often need to rely on different teams creating silos, something that nearly all (95 per cent) respondents encountered.

Most importantly, they often impact the bottom line, something even more concerning at a time when many businesses are focused on optimising resources.

Nearly half of respondents identified resource sprawl (49 per cent), an increase in costs (45 per cent), and/or a waste of resources (43 per cent) as concerns.

  • Portability is a Must and Not Just For Applications: For most businesses (88 per cent) software licensing is a key aspect of a hybrid IT infrastructure, as many have run into difficulties surrounding licensing (58 per cent) or vendor lock-in (58 per cent) when moving to public cloud.

Additionally, nearly two thirds (65 per cent) are willing to consider subscription licensing for their IT infrastructure.

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