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Hybrid IT and the cloud: 3 opportunities and 3 challenges

October 08, 2017

Cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is the fastest growing segment of hybrid cloud services due its cost efficiencies and accessibility. Learn more about the numbers, drivers, challenges and recommendations around managing hybrid IT and the cloud. 

Hybrid cloud services growth

Gartner projects the worldwide public cloud services market to grow 21.4% in 2018 to total $186.4 billion. The fastest growing segment of the market is cloud system infrastructure services, or cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which is forecasted to grow 35.9% in 2018 to reach $40.8 billion. Sid Nag, Gartner research director, notes that “The increasing dominance of the hyperscale IaaS providers creates both enormous opportunities and challenges for end users and other market participants. In response to multicloud adoption trends, organizations will increasingly demand a simpler way to move workloads, applications and data across cloud providers' IaaS offerings without penalties.” 

3 reasons why hybrid cloud

Benefits of the cloud include cost management, stability and availability. According to TechRepublic, businesses pursue the hybrid IT cloud model for three main reasons:

  1. Extensibility: You can move your applications anywhere to meet customer needs, like reducing latency times, improving the customer experience and ensuring governance, data compliance and security.
  2. Scalability: If a business has a data center, or is considering building one, hybrid cloud allows businesses the flexibility to optimize what they already have, maintaining control of data center applications, data center assets, the data itself and data security policies, all through one management console.
  3. Accessibility: Hybrid IT gives businesses access to advanced infrastructure services they either don’t have or want to build themselves. This may include advanced data processing services, analytics and batch processing. 

3 challenges remain

Despite benefits, business challenges still exist for hybrid cloud growth, which require measures to help businesses fully recognize hybrid cloud’s growth.

  • Multiple cloud providers: According to a RightScale customer survey, respondents reported running applications in 3.1 clouds and experimenting with 1.7 more for a total of 4.8 clouds. Keeping track of providers and costs can be a challenge, demanding strong communications between your IT and cloud providers’ teams.
  • Multiple cloud bills: While cost management is a benefit of hybrid cloud, keeping an eye on cloud usage across many business lines can be time-consuming.
  • Talent expertise: Demand is high for IT professionals with data center infrastructure certification training, particularly those with public cloud expertise. You’ll want to invest in training to keep your team up to speed on the ever-changing public cloud environment.

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