The state of hybrid cloud and multicloud enterprise adoption: 451 analyst interview

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hybrid cloud and multicloudIn today’s enterprise, hybrid cloud and multicloud have become an industry standard in the IT landscape. Enterprises are quickly modernizing their IT infrastructures to embrace the elevated agility that comes with hybrid multicloud and adopting a unified approach to maximize cloud performance. In the interviews below, Melanie Posey, Research Vice President for 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise and Cloud Transformation Programs, gives an overview of the current state, benefits, challenges and best practices of hybrid cloud and multicloud.

More than half of all enterprises have chosen hybrid cloud and multicloud as their ideal enterprise IT architecture, and about 63 percent of organizations are using two or more separate clouds. This allows organizations to keep established IT in place, while also benefiting from the flexibility and agility provided by new cloud capabilities. In the video below, Posey details the industry-wide migration towards hybrid cloud and multicloud adoption and shows how it is non-negotiable in the IT of the future.

Watch the video: 451 Research: Multicloud and Hybrid Cloud: What is the state of enterprise adoption?


Hybrid and multicloud benefits for enterprise

With a solid hybrid and multicloud architecture and strategy, enterprises can significantly lower costs and enjoy the increased performance that comes from a unified IT environment, specifically with applications and workloads. One critical benefit of hybrid multicloud is the marked improvement to data integration and application delivery, because applications have different specifications and may depend upon other workloads or data sets to function properly. Another benefit of hybrid multicloud environments is the seamless link between environments, and, as a result, between applications. Watch the video below for a deeper look.

Watch the video: 451 Research: Multicloud and Hybrid Cloud: What benefits can organizations achieve?


The key challenges organizations encounter in hybrid and multicloud environments

Today’s IT world is becoming increasingly complex, and the challenges posed by shifting to hybrid and multicloud environments can seem daunting. How do enterprises ensure that their cloud is secure, integrated and well-orchestrated? Organizations today deal with complex IT environments that have data and workloads scattered across clouds, and applications that range from traditional monolithic to cloud-native to containerized. New emerging technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), which collects data from various endpoints, add another layer of complexity. Watch the following video to see why enterprises need solutions to ensure that cloud works as advertised—with true agility, flexibility and scalability, without sacrificing security.

Watch the video: 451 Research: Multicloud and Hybrid Cloud: What key challenges do organizations encounter?


Best practices for cloud adoption success

The best approach for multicloud and hybrid cloud environments depends on a number of factors including security, governance and orchestration. The best approach to workload deployment is on an application-by-application basis, and enterprises have to consider unique security requirements, application characteristics and dependencies in addition to the users, targets and audiences. Modernizing the IT infrastructure that applications run on is also an important piece of the puzzle. Instead of simply moving applications from one environment to another, modernizing infrastructure and application architecture can create better access, control and communication between workloads.

A successful digital transformation means that your mission-critical applications must be running and fully integrated with newer cloud-native applications, utilizing technology like machine learning and AI to streamline processes and deliver real business value. In the video below, Posey details how to build a fully harmonized and integrated approach to ensure communication among applications.

Watch the video: 451 Research: Multicloud and Hybrid Cloud: What are best practices for success?


Additional insights and improved strategies are required to reap the full range of benefits of a true hybrid IT environment. Learn more about hybrid and multicloud strategy for the enterprise.


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