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THE COMPLEXITY OF MANAGING ACROSS CLOUD BORDERS REMAINS A MAJOR CHALLENGE FOR HEALTHCARE ORGANISATIONS .
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THE COMPLEXITY OF MANAGING ACROSS CLOUD BORDERS REMAINS A MAJOR CHALLENGE FOR HEALTHCARE ORGANISATIONS .

Nutanix , a leader in hybrid multi-cloud computing , announced the healthcare findings of its global Enterprise Cloud Index ( ECI ) survey and research report , which measures enterprise progress with cloud adoption in the industry . The research showed that healthcare organisations appear to be in the early phases of cloud adoption and behind the crossindustry global respondent average . However , adoption is expected to jump from 27 % to 51 % in the next three years , in line with the global trend of evolving to a multi-cloud IT infrastructure that spans a mix of private and public clouds .

Multi-cloud is the dominant IT architecture in use worldwide , however , among healthcare ECI respondents , 30 % say private cloud is their most common IT deployment model . The healthcare industry is highly regulated and has likely been slower to embrace the public cloud as a bona fide component of their IT environments for security and privacy reasons . While multi-cloud adoption is trending upwards , the complexity of managing across cloud borders remains a major challenge for healthcare organisations , with 92 % of respondents agreeing that success requires simpler management across multi-cloud infrastructures . To address top challenges related to interoperability , security , cost and data integration , 90 % agree that a hybrid multi-cloud model , an IT operating model with multiple clouds both private and public with interoperability between , is ideal .
“ Multi-cloud is here to stay , but complexity and challenges remain as regulations drive many of healthcare organisations ’ IT deployment decisions ,” said Joseph Wolfgram , Healthcare CTO at Nutanix . “ Regardless of where they are in their multi-cloud journeys , evolution to a hybrid multi-cloud IT infrastructure that spans a mix of private and public clouds with interoperability is underway and necessary for healthcare organisations to succeed .”
Healthcare survey respondents were asked about their current cloud challenges , how they ’ re running business applications now and where they plan to run them in the future . Respondents were also asked about the impact of the pandemic on recent , current and future IT infrastructure decisions and how IT strategy and priorities may change because of it . Key findings from this year ’ s report include :
• Top multi-cloud challenges include integrating data across clouds ( 49 %), managing costs ( 48 %) and performance challenges with network overlays ( 45 %). While multi-cloud adoption is trending upwards , most healthcare organisations are struggling with the reality of operating across multiple clouds , private and public . Given that more than 84 % say they currently lack the IT skills required to meet business demands , simplifying operations is likely to be a key focus for many in the year ahead . However , IT leaders are realising that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the cloud , making hybrid multi-cloud ideal according to the majority of respondents .
• Application mobility is top of mind . All healthcare organisations ( 100 %) have moved one or more applications to a new IT environment over the last 12 months , likely moving applications out of legacy three-tier environments and into private clouds given healthcare ’ s above-average private cloud and traditional data centre penetration . Yet , 80 % of respondents agree that moving a workload to a new cloud environment can be costly and timeconsuming . They cite security ( 48 %) most often as the reason for the move , outpacing the global average ( 41 %), followed by gaining control of the application ( 38 %) and improving performance ( 36 %).
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