Middle East enterprises ahead on hybrid cloud adoption
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index shows higher level of hybrid cloud adoption in region
Enterprises in the Middle East are ahead of the wider EMEA region when it comes to adoption of hybrid cloud, according to a survey by Nutanix.
The company has releases its first annual global Enterprise Cloud Index, measuring enterprise plans for adopting private, hybrid and public clouds. The index shows 22% of enterprise workloads in the Middle East are running in hybrid cloud environments. Compared to 17% in EMEA and 19% globally.
The study shows that private and hybrid cloud accounts for half (50%) of enterprise workloads in the Middle East. However, in two years' time, the region indicates plans to decrease its traditional data centre workloads by more than half, drop its use of private clouds by 7% and increase hybrid cloud usage by the same amount. It also plans to increase its use of public cloud services by up to 10%.
The report found that worldwide, enterprises plan to increase hybrid cloud usage, with 91% stating hybrid cloud as the ideal IT model, but only 18% stating they have that model today. The findings also revealed that application mobility across any cloud is a top priority for 97% of respondents - with 88% of respondents saying it would "solve a lot of my problems".
Additionally, the report found public cloud is not a panacea; IT decision makers ranked matching applications to the right cloud environment as a critical capability, and 35% of organisations using public clouds overspent their annual budget. When asked to rank the primary benefits of hybrid cloud, interoperability between cloud types (23%) and the ability to move applications back and forth between clouds (16%) outranked cost (6%) and security (5%) as the primary benefits.
The Middle East ranks data security and compliance as the top benefit of the public cloud and as the top criteria for where to run its workloads, even more often than its peers in other regions Those priorities are followed by cost and performance, values that fall in line with responses from the rest of the world.
Public cloud use shows the most growth in the Middle East over the next two years, where use of a single public cloud will grow by 10 percentage points and use of multiple public clouds will grow by 6 percentage points. Public clouds will then account for more than a third (36%) of the region's overall workloads, followed by hybrid clouds at 29%, and private clouds and traditional data centers, collectively at 35%
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.
In roles centred on agility and digital transformation, IT teams understand that runtime environments for enterprise apps change constantly. Respondents indicated a need for greater orchestration and application mobility across cloud environments, as they seek flexibility to move apps to the "right" cloud on a more dynamic basis. In addition, shadow IT practices that circumvent enterprise IT teams are posing a significant challenge to forecasting and controlling public cloud spend with well over half of respondents (57%) reporting one or more incidents of shadow IT.
"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."
Aaron White, regional director, Middle East at Nutanix added: "It is clear that hybrid cloud is the future. Hybrid cloud capabilities constitute a growing necessity in the dynamic, digital business climate, in which enterprises demand the freedom to dynamically provision and manage applications based on business needs. Reaching this ideal IT operating model will require more comprehensive hybrid vendor solutions, as well as greater expertise in designing, building, and operating hybrid clouds."