Why a complex hybrid cloud environment is holding you back



Recent research by IDG shows that 43% of EMEA businesses are adopting hybrid cloud structures as a core component of their formal cloud strategy. Their reasons for doing so are increasingly clear; some organisations are looking for the right balance between cost optimisations, management and security for different workloads, while others are looking to support business continuity or to enhance business agility. Avoiding vendor lock-in is another easy win.

Yet hybrid cloud is not a silver bullet. As firms bring together different clouds and on-premise environments, the operating models, not to mention security and management, grow increasingly complex. This leads to what Deloitte’s chief cloud strategy officer, David Linthicum, has called ‘cloud complexity’, where ‘the dream of operational cost reduction and increased agility gets replaced by sky-high operational costs and static and complex systems that can’t be changed.’

This explains why, according to a new Dell and ESG report, organisations are looking for consistency in hybrid cloud – to remove fragmentation from their cloud environment and work with a single set of tools. Respondents expect this to reduce costs by 19% on average and shrink the frequency of cloud budget overages and timeline overruns by 28% and 38% respectively. They believe that a consistent cloud environment could increase the pace of innovation, while freeing up 70.5 person hours per week in management time. In addition, 27% of respondents think that management consistency across clouds could reduce the number of security breaches, application outages and other negative events.

What’s more, the small number (5%) of organisations surveyed that had adopted a consistent cloud management environment were already reaping rewards, including increased efficiency, shorter workload migration times and a greater percentage of projects coming in on time and/or under budget.

‘The key is building the consistency so you’re getting control’ said Mike Van Vliet, consulting pursuit lead at Dell Technologies, in a video interview with CIO, ‘using orchestration and automation to enable one coherent approach and view.’

This is where Dell Technologies Cloud – a set of cloud infrastructure solutions combining the power of Dell Technology infrastructure and VMware – can help, making hybrid environments simpler to manage, and removing the complexity from cloud.

To find out more about the Dell and ESG report and its findings, download the whitepaper.

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