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Unraveling the Complexity of Hybrid Cloud

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Unraveling the Complexity of Hybrid Cloud The 451 Take 451 Research is a leading information technology research and advisory company focusing on technology innovation and market disrup- tion. More than 100 analysts and consultants provide essential insight to more than 1,000 client organizations globally through a combina- tion of syndicated research and data, advisory and go-to-market services, and live events. Founded in 2000, 451 Research is a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence. W W W . 4 5 1 R E S E A R C H . C O M In the era of hybrid cloud and multicloud, enterprises need the ability to match specific workload requirements to specific cloud venues in order to maximize performance, availability and security while reducing costs. But enabling the optimal deployment and management of infrastructure across cloud environments requires new tools and skills. Employees must be skilled in a range of infrastructure options, platforms and applications. They must understand the idiosyncrasies of each hardware, software and service element. And they must be able to work across this complex array of elements to resolve problems, maintain performance and deliver a return on investment. Despite the challenges, the vast majority of enterprises see hybrid cloud as a strategic imperative – one that provides greater resiliency, flexibility and economies of scale. To reduce complexity, enterprises can benefit from an incremental approach that identifies the optimal cloud venue and location for data and applications, and evaluates the skills and experience needed to make a unified hybrid cloud feasible – one that integrates all IT assets appropriately, including legacy infrastructure. Strategic Approach to IT Environments Source: 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Digital Pulse, Budgets & Outlook 2019 Q: Which of the following best describes your organization's overall IT approach and strategy? (n=916) 62% 17% 9% 8% 4% Hybrid IT: Integrated on-premises systems and off-premises cloud/hosted resources Completely off-premises public cloud environment: IaaS, PaaS and/or SaaS On-premises cloud and use of off-premises public clouds with little/no interoperability between the environments Cloud is not an important part of our IT strategy Building an on-premises cloud environment only Business Impact Hybrid IT is the de facto cloud strategy in enterprises today: 62% of surveyed enterprises are choosing an integrated approach of both on- and off-premises cloud venues to deliver applications, with a relatively small 17% choosing to go it alone in the public cloud. Overall, the business impact for organizations is positive – they get the flexibility of being able to deploy the optimal mix of clouds to support their business, while building a more resilient, scalable infrastructure.

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