For the study Data surveyed together with the IT research firm 451 Research 1,500 IT decision makers from various industries in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific and South Africa dimension. Here, the current status of hybrid IT should be illuminated as part of the data center and cloud strategies of companies. At the same time they wanted to identify the main requirements and business factors that influence decisions regarding workload distribution within the company.
Fact: Hybrid IT as a business model is spreading more and more. Nevertheless, there are no instructions for a successful implementation. The decision factors and approaches are very different from country to country. It turned out that companies from Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States mainly emphasized the demand of end users. Meanwhile, the cost factor played a primary role for respondents in France, Singapore and South Africa. Malaysian companies led to difficulties in recruiting suitable workers and German companies mentioned the limited capacity of data centers as a common decision factor.
It is particularly striking that 41 percent of users surveyed the management of hybrid IT environments consider to be particularly difficult in the provision. Since data and processes are increasingly shifted into several cloud-based and non cloud-based environments, IT managers need new ways to manage the many heterogeneous IT environments and protect. Automation could be such a approach, explains Jörg Jakobi, Head of Business Unit Data Center at Dimension Data in Germany: “This can be reduced, which results from the increasingly complex business processes and administrative tasks operating costs and labor.” However, the manual execution of these tasks is neither appropriate nor cost effective.
The migration challenge
Another major challenge is the migration of data. Most companies feel the current practice of application and data migration to be extremely complex and costly. 44 percent of respondents think it is difficult to determine the best option for a particular workload and distribute workloads to new locations. Of the companies surveyed, 38 percent stated that they accelerate their application migration through automation, while 48 percent testified that the migration manually successes with them, and therefore is very labor intensive.
It is therefore not surprising that managed services have become a central component in the service delivery for a wide range of infrastructure and application products. Therefore, according to Kelly Morgan, research vice president of services at 451 Research, service providers, “which can offer a comprehensive portfolio of managed services across a wide range of infrastructure options across, well positioned to meet the entire cloud needs of enterprises. “
Help of third-party
further insights can be drawn from the figures published by Dimension Data report “Success Factors for Managing Hybrid IT” (success factors for managing hybrid IT). Thus, many companies, despite concerns about security, regulatory compliance and integration problems, ready, advanced network technologies like SDN to take (software-defined networking) and the virtualization of network functions. In addition, companies use innovative and emerging technologies such as container technologies, big data solutions and SDN into production scenarios.
A significant portion of the IT budget is spent on offered by third-party managed services and professional services, and this for different reasons: to lower the cost to deploy IT staff focus on other projects to increase security or to to specialize a particular technical field. According to the study, 41 percent of companies work with different vendors and manage them itself, while another 37 percent work with a single vendor that offers a broad, compiled by himself and managed portfolio of products and services.