The Hybrid World
It's clear that organisations are not looking to move entirely to the cloud at this stage. This means that IT departments will have to continue to manage information located across a heterogeneous environment made up of both traditional and cloud technologies.
In order to effectively manage such a mixed infrastructure, a centralised tool that’s capable of ensuring high availability and efficient disaster recovery measures will become increasingly important.
Over the next 24 months, we expect organisations to approximately double the percentage of workloads in the public cloud. Companies will also increasingly look to leverage two or more cloud infrastructure vendors to support their workload requirements. This is further evidence of how fragmented IT is becoming in the digital age.
For IT teams, there is added pressure to ensure information is adequately protected and managed across an increasingly mixed and disparate environment.
Businesses are quickly realising that putting all of their eggs in one basket isn’t always the best strategy when it comes to the cloud, leading to an increase in multi-cloud strategy implementation. According to an IDC report, more than 85% of Enterprise IT Organisations will commit to multi-cloud architectures by 2018 (IDC Futurescape, Worldwide Cloud 2017).
With a multi-cloud strategy, businesses have the ability to run multiple workloads on multiple applications, instead of relying on one single application.
The benefits are far reaching and include freedom from lock-in contracts, all whilst maintaining flexibility and room for infrastructure growth. Additionally, multi-cloud caters for unique needs, avoids the pain of legacy app migrations and allows businesses to diversify their cloud portfolio.
However, reaping these benefits requires an effective and tailored data management solution. Besides having visibility over their data, businesses need to avoid siloed infrastructure, security hazards and complexity.