Cloud critical in meeting direct business needs: report

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Mumbai: Cloud critical in meeting immediate business needs amongst uncertainty says a high majority (96.3%) of businesses in India. This is among the key findings of NTT’s latest 2021 Hybrid Cloud Report released today.

NTT’s latest report highlights the critical need for business agility and the role hybrid cloud has had in helping businesses achieve this.

Many companies had embarked on digital transformation journeys prior to COVID-19. But the pandemic highlighted that many companies were not as agile as they had previously thought.

The pandemic laid bare deficiencies in businesses’ cloud infrastructure, security and network architecture capabilities, hindering their ability to adapt and remain agile.

The pandemic forced a cultural mindset shift with global organisations adapting their agility plans from recovering infrastructure and applications to getting office-based workers set up and working from home. Despite this uncertainty, the pandemic has provided a significant opportunity to push digital transformation initiatives.

The report, which conducted research with 950 decision-makers in 13 countries across five regions – including Singapore, Hong Kong, India in the Asia Pacific (APAC), highlighted the increasing reliance on technology and found that:
A business lifeline: 90.0% of APAC businesses (88.8% in India) agree that pandemic has forced its business to rely on technology more than ever before.

The benefits of hybrid cloud are already clear: With 60.3% of APAC organisations (53.8% in India) already using, or piloting hybrid cloud.

Hybrid cloud is the future: The study found that a further 31.6% of APAC respondents (31.3% in India) plan to implement a hybrid solution within 12-24 months.

Hybrid computing is now seen as critical to data-driven processes and real-time decisions. Both now and in the future.

Hybrid cloud, when implemented correctly, drives efficiencies
During such an uncertain time, businesses are continuing to tighten their purse strings and look to hybrid cloud to increase cost efficiency and drive the organisation’s overall performance.

An improved deployment speed of apps and services is the biggest driver (38.8%) of hybrid cloud adoption in APAC. With the distributed workforce model, APAC businesses now need to access data and applications in new, different and often complex ways.

According to APAC respondents, the second largest motivation for hybrid cloud adoption is an overall improvement of business agility (38.3%), followed by a more cost efficient IT operations (34.0%).

“Our infrastructure now lets us focus our time and resources on application development and lifecycle management, helping us to bring new services to market much more quickly,” said Christophe Le Caignec, Head – IT Operations, Lefebvre Sarrut Services – a NTT customer.
Businesses, however, need to implement hybrid cloud in a way that will optimize environments to maximize efficiencies. This is why over half of organizations (55%) strongly agree on the need to engage with experts, such as managed cloud providers.

Overcoming hurdles
Businesses, beyond maximizing cost efficiencies are also charged with changing attitudes to security, compliance and the complexities of implementing hybrid cloud.

The report found that more than half of the respondents in APAC (51.2%) claim that the difficulties in managing data security is the greatest barrier to adopting a hybrid cloud.

To overcome these barriers when working in such complex environments, organisations must choose the right environment that will securely host their mission-critical applications across public and private clouds; and work with a partner who understands the industries they’re working in to ensure compliance.

Network performance and a skills shortage were regarded as sizeable barriers to hybrid cloud adoption, the report revealed. Both, if not appropriately addressed, when implementing the cloud, could undo the benefits it offers.

“As businesses look to navigate the new year, they must look to hybrid cloud environments that are optimized for agility, security and supported with by right network architecture, while also meeting compliance requirements,” said commented Rob Lopez, EVP – Intelligent Infrastructure, NTT Ltd.

“This is the foundation upon which cloud is successful and will enable businesses to weather any form of disruption that comes their way,” added Lopez.

Partnering for success
Industry collaboration and working with external experts will provide businesses with the right knowledge and skills to set up their hybrid cloud environments for agility.

When we asked APAC respondents about the types of partner used, 70.8% of businesses said they engaged with systems integrators. While 55.4% engaged with specialist information security consultants or managed security service providers (MSSPs), highlighting the importance of security to cloud deployments.

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