The study offers insights into the challenges companies face in their transformation, how to implement a future-proof cloud and data center strategy, and highlights the key use cases, benefits, and process models of hyperconverged infrastructures. The study results show that a majority of companies are aware that only the transformation of rigid, outdated IT towards a dynamic, flexible IT infrastructure will help them meet the increasingly complex requirements of a digital world.
The continuing high demand for IT solutions for remote work as well as storage and evaluation of large and sensitive data volumes is ensuring stable growth in the market for private and hybrid cloud services. The range of use cases is increasing rapidly. It ranges from storing and evaluating digital patient records to processing industrial mass production data or e-commerce customer data to scale-out solutions in the context of Hana. To provide high-performance services in a timely and local manner, the demand for colocation services, modular standards and broadband, and low-latency carrier connectivity is also increasing. The idea behind these offerings is that companies outsource their servers to data centers where they are comprehensively operated either in-house or by other service providers.
Hybrid is in
Cloud computing has thus become an important component of IT strategies. In the future, managers will primarily focus on the use of hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures. 40 percent of companies – in large companies already every second company – want to significantly increase the flexibility and agility of their IT infrastructure by using mixed cloud models. Such an IT infrastructure is an essential and necessary feature, especially in times of the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to be able to react quickly and purposefully to unexpected events and developments.
However, hybrid cloud infrastructures quickly become a complex undertaking and not infrequently lead to disillusionment. For example, 43 percent of companies are dissatisfied with the lack of provider independence, and for around a third of companies, management and administration, access and rights control, and a lack of internal expertise and resources are no less problematic in the operation of their hybrid cloud infrastructures. As a result, the actual goals such as agility, flexibility, scalability, less management effort, increased security, and cost benefits fall by the wayside.