Half of enterprises in Asia-Pacific are deploying hybrid cloud with no strategy, NTT Com finds

17 January 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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NTT Communications (NTT Com) found that 44% of enterprises in Asia-Pacific are trialling hybrid cloud without a formal strategy in place.

The findings are according to a new survey whitepaper from 451 Research entitled Going Hybrid: Demand for Cloud and Managed Services across Asia-Pacific, commissioned by NTT Com and VMware. The survey was carried out across six countries Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand in Q3 2018, examining the leading technology choices, service provider preferences, service priorities and measures of hybrid cloud strategy and execution.

The data shows that multi-cloud has become the norm for most enterprises across Asia-Pacific with over 90% of surveyed companies having multi cloud environments with different levels of interoperability. In addition, more than half said they are already using hybrid cloud with 44% having started implementing hybrid cloud with no hybrid strategy in place.

“Alarmingly a significant portion of large enterprises lack a formal hybrid-cloud strategy. While they recognise the potential benefits, they underestimate the technical complexity which may derail their business modernisation efforts if they do not have a future-proof hybrid cloud plan,” said Dave Scott, solutions director of NTT Communications Managed Services.

Enterprises are said to consider off-premises cloud as a critical part of their business modernisation strategy, using hybrid cloud as an intermediary step in their business transformation process. More than half of enterprises prioritise migrating workloads from their internal environments when deploying into a public cloud but there is no leading approach to this. 28% are focused on a ‘lift and shift’ approach, another 28% are refactoring before moving, while another third are focused on the public cloud for net new applications.

As for hybrid workload deployment plans there is less uniformity across the businesses. Over the next two years 49% of businesses surveys have said CRM/sales is the priority. 48% said database and data warehousing and 47% said file and content storage. These percentages have increased from 25, 28 and 28% respectively.

Security and compliance is another big concern in the enterprise sector, 95% of those surveyed ranked it as their top requirement. Additionally, over half of respondents are working towards improvements in the consistency of security policies across multiple environments and better management of risk.

“End-to-end managed services and compliant-ready security management are increasingly becoming a strategy to future proof a company’s business growth paths,” Scott added.

As important as security is in the enterprise cloud ecosystem, implementing it in-house can provide difficult and more than 50% of respondents said that they use managed services at some point in their cloud journey. As well as for security many are also using managed services for the initial design and implementation of hybrid cloud, for ongoing operations and to optimise workloads between various infrastructure environments.