Hybrid multicloud is the new normal in IT. The Voice of the Enterprise Digital Pulse report by 451 Research found that 3 in 5 of nearly 1,000 companies surveyed have implemented a hybrid IT environment with integrated on-and off-premises cloud services. For enterprise companies, government organizations, and educational institutes, the proportion increases to nearly three quarters.
That figure is projected to go up to 90 percent by the end of this year, according to a study by Gartner. From the findings of multiple studies and reports such as these, it’s safe to assume that IT is heading towards a distributed and interoperable environment of on-premises infrastructure and hybrid multicloud.
The path, however, is fraught with never-seen-before complexities. If not addressed on time, these challenges can significantly affect the organization’s growth prospects or stall operations. “Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multi-sourced environment,” said D. D. Mishra, Research Director at Gartner.
There are common and uncommon challenges affecting hybrid cloud deployment in SMBs as well as the enterprise, including migration, governance, provisioning, security, compliance and cost.
The first step is more often than not the hardest. Moving to a hybrid cloud system from a private or public cloud infrastructure or an in-house data center is a time-consuming and resource-intensive process.
The current applications and workload should be seamlessly portable and operable across an on-premises framework as well as a third party-managed public cloud. Further, the organization may be using different cloud stacks of varying complexity. Migrating to a single or centrally managed hybrid cloud involves integrating different specific cloud brands and providers, and their native or proprietary features and components (such as databases, machine learning, and native monitoring systems).