Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today shared the findings of its first annual global Enterprise Cloud Index, measuring enterprise plans for adopting private, hybrid and public clouds.* The new report found enterprises plan to increase hybrid cloud usage, with 91% stating hybrid cloud as the ideal, even though only 19% have that model today. The findings also revealed that application mobility across any cloud is a top priority with 88% of respondents saying it would “solve a lot of my problems.”
The report found public cloud is not a panacea, with IT decision makers ranking the ability to match applications to the right cloud environment as a critical capability and interoperability between cloud types seen as important by 23%. The ability to move applications back and forth between clouds (16%) also outranked cost (6%) and security (5%) as primary benefits of the hybrid approach.
Nutanix commissioned Vanson Bourne to survey IT decision makers about where they are running their business applications today, where they plan to run them in the future, challenges in setting up their cloud environments and how their cloud initiatives stack up against other IT projects and priorities. The survey resulted in approximately 2,300 respondents from multiple industries, business sizes and geographies in the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) regions.
Other key findings:
Hybrid cloud better addresses business needs over single public cloud, including the price tag: 87% of respondents said that hybrid cloud was having a positive impact on their businesses, and more hybrid cloud users reported all their needs were being met (49%) compared to single public cloud users (37%).
Security is front of mind for determining workloads: 71% of respondents surveyed for the report ranked data security and regulatory compliance as the top factor in determining where to provision workloads.
App developers circumventing IT: 57% of respondents said developers are circumventing IT when it comes to deciding where applications run, putting the organisation at potential risk.
Finding hybrid IT talent is difficult: With clear benefits to a hybrid model, respondents say scarcity of hybrid experts is a challenge.
EMEA is expected to surpass the Americas with hybrid cloud adoption: UK businesses, in particular, plan to decrease data centre workloads by more than half in the next two years, and double use of hybrid clouds.
“As enterprises demand stronger application mobility and interoperability, they are increasingly choosing hybrid cloud infrastructure,” said Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer for Nutanix. “While the advent of public cloud has increased IT efficiency in certain areas, hybrid cloud capabilities are the next step in providing the freedom to dynamically provision and manage applications based on business needs. However, the findings of this study reveal an important gap in the market: organisations need IT talent to manage their hybrid cloud models, especially in the next 12 to 24 months.”
To learn more about the report and findings, please download the full “Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index 2018”, here.
* For the purposes of this study, hybrid cloud “describes the combined use of at least one private cloud and at least one public cloud service, with some degree of integration between the two cloud environments.”