Skills a barrier to hybrid cloud adoption: IDC

Lack of skills impacting Middle East hybrid cloud adoption, says IDC

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Skills a barrier to hybrid cloud adoption: IDC Verma: The availability of relevant skills, especially at the architectural level, is a major challenge
By  Tom Paye Published  July 21, 2014

A lack of skills is one of the main barriers to hybrid cloud adoption in the Middle East, according to Saurabh Verma, programme manager for IT services at IDC MEA.

Speaking to Network Middle East, Verma said that, while budget is hardly a constraint when it comes to hybrid cloud adoption, internal skill sets are in this region. This means that, to consider hybrid cloud, enterprises would have to work with IT services provider, he said.

"Budget is not always a challenge, but skills certainly are. The availability of relevant skills, especially at the architectural level, is a major challenge when it comes to private and/or hybrid cloud deployments," he said.

"Considering that very few large enterprises have the internal capability to migrate on hybrid cloud, most of them will ideally have to work with an IT services provider for that."

Explaining why organisations may be considering adopting hybrid cloud, Verma said that it was often in response to a need for greater compute power. However, he said that CIOs still needed to think carefully about how they would achieve greater compute power through hybrid cloud.

"It is important to understand, analyse, predict, and plan for the peaks and lows of load. A detailed analysis is a must here," he said.

"In addition to that, one has to do a proper check and test of the compatibility between the private and public cloud platforms. Furthermore, security and compliance, if any, bandwidth and availability, and SLAs should also be considered."

As things stand now, Verma said that most enterprises in this region prefer private clouds, mostly due to security concerns. However, he said that, as the market matures, enterprises are beginning to open up to public and hybrid clouds.

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