Hybrid cloud is gaining popularity

Wipro and Cisco Systems has unveiled a jointly commissioned study which forecasts that hybrid cloud is gaining popularity.

Large enterprises are combining private and public cloud operations, often described as hybrid cloud computing.

IT decision-makers report great interest in using IaaS in a hybrid cloud approach to complement on premises capacity, rather than replace it and are planning for the impact that it will have on network operations and spending.

While a hybrid approach promises cost savings and significant gains in IT and business flexibility, some concerns remain around how to manage and integrate on-premises infrastructure with cloud services in a hybrid cloud architecture.

The study notes that 60 percent of the respondents believe virtualization will be the primary technology over the next 12 months. Banking, financial services and insurance companies strongly recognize the link between virtualization and private/hybrid cloud enablement with 97 percent of those surveyed highlighting this aspect.

Historically, costs have been the initial motivator for virtualization and cloud adoption, but the study found that security is at par with cost as a primary driver for a hybrid cloud approach. 78 percent of Indian respondents feel that cost reduction and resource optimization drive cloud investments and 76 percent believe that security is one of the key capabilities required to enable private/hybrid cloud.

The study also states that 25 percent of the respondents find that adopting IaaS as-a-service technology will drive IT organizations towards a hybrid cloud approach.
Flexibility to respond quickly to business needs also topped the list of key benefits associated with a hybrid model.

“We have observed that while private and hybrid cloud is gaining significant mind-share across the Asia-Pacific region, there are interesting differences in their investment criteria. Cost reduction remains top of the mind for nearly 80 percent of technology leaders in India, whereas expanding existing virtualization Investments is critical in both Australia and Singapore”, said Anuj Bhalla, vice president & global business unit head, Product, System Integration and Maintenance Service, Wipro

Rajesh Rege, director, Cloud and Datacentre Sales, Cisco India & SAARC said, “It’s clear that virtualization technologies are driving more flexibility in the data center. However to realize the full potential; CIOs need to adopt a fabric-based approach that integrates compute, network, security, virtualization, and management solutions into a single, more efficient and simplified data center platform.”

This survey gathered insights from 140 senior IT decision-makers in Australia, India and Singapore.

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