Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Multicloud business strategy relies on staff skills and expanding investments

One in four IT organisations are today operating tiered applications spanning on- and off-premise environments.

Enterprises across Europe are shifting their solo-cloud architectures into a hybrid model, however, according to analysts, that shift if as much about technology as people’s negotiation skills and expanding investments.

According to Giorgio Nebuloni, research director, IDC European Infrastructure Group, “a multicloud strategy based on hiring staff with negotiation skills, expanding investments in automation software, and revising cross-country connectivity options is a must for IT departments supporting innovative organizations”.

The comment comes as the analyst company releases the results of a survey of more than 800 IT and line-of-business decision makers in 11 European countries, in which one in four IT organisations said it is already operating tiered applications spanning on- and off-premise environments.

The results of the survey showed that the most typical environment spanning across clouds involves front-end applications hosted on a public cloud, connecting to back-end systems located on-premise — 31% of the sample reported this approach.

The other approach was “bursting” capacity into off-premise (8% of the sample, but fast-growing compared with past research). 40% of the respondents segregated on- versus off-premise environments and 20% said they only run applications on-premise.

In addition, only 20% of the line-of-business representatives interviewed agreed that standardising on one or two large IaaS/PaaS or SaaS providers would work, versus more than 30% among IT respondents.

IDC said that adding a software layer to protect against cloud lock-in was the most commonly adopted strategy, according to both IT and line of business.

Nebuloni said: “Connecting cloud environments with ad hoc bridges in a hybrid fashion will not be enough in 2018. Nor will standardising on one external provider, at least for large or innovative companies.

“Developers and line of business require ‘best of breed,’ and the purchasing department wants to avoid being locked in.”