Most (92 percent) IT professionals in Singapore agree that adopting cloud technologies is important to their organisations' long-term business success, says a new survey by SolarWinds.
IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution indicates that a number of businesses have shifted away from on-premises-only infrastructure to hybrid IT environments, creating new concerns and pressures for IT professionals.
Less than half (43 percent) estimate that half or more of their organisations' total IT infrastructure will be in the cloud within the next 3-5 years.
Sixty-two percent say it is unlikely that all of their organisations' infrastructure will ever be migrated to the cloud. Only 8 percent say their organisations have not migrated any infrastructure to the cloud, compared to 14 percent in 2015.
"The findings of this year's study paint a clear picture: cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous, but it's not now and will not in the foreseeable future be suitable for all workloads, and even if it were, very few if any companies would convert all of their existing applications to run in the cloud," said Joel Dolisy, CIO, SolarWinds.
Hybrid IT benefits
According to the report, the top three hybrid IT benefits are increased infrastructure flexibility/agility, infrastructure cost-reduction and relieving internal IT personnel of day-to-day management of some infrastructure.
The top three barriers to greater cloud adoption are security/compliance concerns, the need to support legacy systems and convincing business decisions makers of the need and/or benefit.
Seventy-seven percent of the respondent agree that security is the biggest challenge associated with managing current hybrid IT environments.
Only 22 percent are certain their IT organisations currently have adequate resources to manage a hybrid IT environment.
The top five skills required to better manage hybrid IT environments are hybrid IT monitoring/management tools and metrics (63 percent), vendor management (49 percent), distributed architectures (45 percent), application migration (41 percent) and service-oriented architectures (36 percent).
"IT is pervasive across work, life and geography," Dolisy added. "IT runs the world and without it, our technological existence would come to a screeching halt."
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