Why concede to renegade IT? Because large companies with multiple departments and sprawling operations can’t resist the appeal of multicloud.
“It’s just common sense that at some point a department head is going to go and turn on a new cloud,” Taylor said.
This raises a raft of challenges. For one thing, managers outside the IT realm might not realize the importance of data protection. Still, shadow IT raises opportunities for companies like Nutanix and HYCU that specialize in multicloud and backup technologies, Taylor said.
Bouncing Back to On-Prem
A big part of HYCU’s business model is working with organizations migrating IT workloads to the public cloud. But many of its clients are reversing course.
“Out of all of our customers, 40% of the migration we're doing is not on-prem to cloud – it's cloud to on-prem,” Taylor said. “There are so many customers who are sitting there saying, ‘Wait a second, I moved everything to cloud and it's not working’."
Kaplan pointed to a 2020 IDC study of more than 2,000 enterprises using public cloud resources.
“85% of them reported repatriating at least one or more applications back out of public cloud,” he said. “And it’s projected that 56% of all lift-and-shift applications will come back out over the next two years. And there've been several other studies out there corroborating these types of results.”
What’s going on?
Kaplan said a lot of enterprises have arbitrary goals like moving 60% of operations to the public cloud.
“I'll ask, ‘where does that goal come from? Why 60? Why not 80 or 40 or 20?’ And when you just venture into public cloud without doing the rigorous analysis and without determining what type of tools you are going to need to manage the environment, you get a situation like this.”
Taylor and Kaplan agreed that it’s essential to have a well-thought-out financial analysis supporting a multicloud environment. Backups and data protection must align with that analysis.
Deploying Native Backup and Recovery
Companies may create a sound strategy supporting a multicloud initiative while neglecting to fold backup/recovery into their plans.
“Oftentimes, it ends up being this monster,” Taylor said, because multicloud backups are not a good fit for traditional three-tiered data center architectures.
“In a multicloud world, you need purpose-built backup and recovery services that are natively integrated with each and every cloud that you have,” Taylor explained. “Instead of going out and having to buy the same thing twice, you're leveraging what you've already got.”