Many APAC enterprises lack a formal hybrid cloud strategy

Network Asia Editor

Nearly half (44%) of enterprises in Asia-Pacific are implementing a hybrid cloud without a formal strategy in place, according to a new 451 Research survey.

The survey was conducted for a whitepaper commissioned by NTT Com in partnership with VMware, and conducted in six countries (Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand) in Q3 2018. The research analyzes prevailing technology choices, service provider preferences, service priorities, and measures of hybrid cloud strategy and execution.

Multi-cloud has become the norm for most enterprises across Asia Pacific. Over 90% of businesses surveyed have multiple cloud environments with varying degrees of interoperability, and more than half said they are already using a hybrid cloud. However, nearly 44% have begun implementing hybrid cloud pilots without an overarching hybrid strategy in place.

“Alarmingly a significant portion of large enterprises lack a formal hybrid-cloud strategy. While they recognize the potential benefits, they underestimate the technical complexity which may derail their business modernization efforts if they do not have a future-proof hybrid cloud plan,” said Dave Scott, Solutions Director, NTT Communications Managed Services.

Enterprises are found to be actively considering an off-premises cloud as a critical component of their business modernization strategy, while a hybrid cloud offers intermediary steps in their business transformation.

The survey found that more than half of enterprises primarily emphasize migrating workloads from their internal environments when deploying into a public cloud. However, there is no predominate approach to their cloud migration - currently 28% are focused on a ‘lift and shift’ approach and another 28% are refactoring before moving. Another third are focused on the public cloud for net new applications.

In terms of hybrid workload deployment plans, there is little uniformity across all the businesses. In the next two years, CRM/sales and marketing (49%), database and data warehousing (48%) and file and content storage (47%) will be the key focus for workloads to be shifted to hybrid cloud environments, up from 25%, 28% and 28% respectively. The strong traction indicates enterprises’ growing confidence in hybrid cloud to support their full spectrum of business requirements and application portfolios.

Another key consideration to drive hybrid cloud migration is security and compliance, which 95% of enterprises rated as their top requirement. In addition, nearly half of respondents pointed to improvements in the consistency of security policies across environments and better management of risk – challenges that can emerge as businesses begin to employ multiple cloud environments.

Enterprises embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy must ensure they build in security, but designing and applying security for hybrid cloud is challenging, and a task that is sometimes outside the capabilities of an organization’s own security team. More than 50% of enterprises pointed to the fact that they use managed services at some point in their cloud journey.

Beyond security, enterprises are also turning to managed services providers that support both the initial design and implementation of hybrid cloud, as well as its ongoing operation, to continually optimize workloads between various infrastructure environments for the best mix of performance, availability, security and cost.

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