Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 25 - Page 24

TRENDING The 2019 respondent base spanned multiple industries, business sizes and the following geographies: the Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and the Asia-Pacific (APJ) region. This year’s report illustrated that creating and executing a cloud strategy has become a multi- dimensional challenge. are moving some applications off the public cloud and back on-prem and 22% of those users are moving five or more applications. These moves underscore, in part, enterprises’ need for hybrid cloud’s flexibility in allowing them to adapt their infrastructures based on their fluctuating requirements. At one time, a primary value proposition associated with the public cloud was substantial upfront capex savings. Now, enterprises have discovered that there are other considerations when selecting the best cloud for the business as well and that one size cloud strategy doesn’t fit all use cases. Wendy M Pfeiffer, CIO of Nutanix For example, while applications with unpredictable usage may be best suited to the public clouds offering elastic IT resources, workloads with more predictable characteristics can often run on-premises at a lower cost than public cloud. Savings are also dependent on businesses’ ability to match each application to the appropriate cloud service and pricing tier, and to remain diligent about regularly reviewing service plans and fees, which change frequently. 2. Security remains the biggest factor impacting enterprises’ future cloud strategies. Well over half of 2019 respondents (60%) said that the state of security among clouds would have the biggest influence on their cloud deployment plans going forward. Similarly, data security and compliance represented the top variable (26%) in determining where an enterprise runs a given workload. In this ever-changing environment, flexibility is essential and a hybrid cloud provides this choice. Other key findings from the report include: 1. Apps are migrating away from the public cloud back to on-premises infrastructures. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of respondents reported that they “ IN THIS EVER- CHANGING ENVIRONMENT, FLEXIBILITY IS ESSENTIAL AND A HYBRID CLOUD PROVIDES THIS CHOICE. 24 INTELLIGENTCIO