Bangalore: Indian enterprises are fully committed to hybrid cloud models and are viewing IT more strategically in their organisations.
As the pandemic swept across the globe, enterprises overnight turned to cloud infrastructure to accommodate workers who were forced to work remotely.
63% of Indian enterprises having increased their investment in hybrid cloud as a direct result of the pandemic, compared to just 46% globally, as per the report data from the Enterprise Cloud Index.
The report shows that a hybrid model was without doubt the model of choice in India.
The insights come from the third annual Enterprise Cloud Index, which measures progress with adopting private, hybrid and public clouds, and this year explored the impact of COVID-19 on current and future IT decisions and strategy.
Additionally, the report finds that 97% of respondents declared hybrid cloud was the correct architecture for their organisations, higher than the global average of 87%.
Organisations in India are also developing ambitious plans, the report concludes, with more than half (56%) saying they plan to run an integrated hybrid environment within five years, and respondents also stating that traditional datacentre penetration will drop from 13% to 3%.
“Cloud infrastructure is now a critical component of IT infrastructure, as Indian enterprises branch further into investing in digitization and look for secure alternatives for their workloads,” said Balakrishnan Anantharaman, MD – Sales, India and SAARC – Nutanix.
“In the business environment brought about by the pandemic, flexibility and security have emerged to be of utmost importance, and Indian enterprises need the ability to match workloads to the best environment,” added Anantharaman.
“The untapped potential of hybrid cloud solutions is finally being recognised by Indian companies as they move away from legacy IT systems and adopt cloud solutions,” Anantharaman continued.
The findings also highlight that while cost savings are a driver in deciding to modernise IT infrastructures, it is not the primary factor. Better control of IT resource usage (79%), increased speed to meet business needs (69%), and better support to customers (60%) are the key factors to modernisation.
“Indian organisations have recognised that COVID-19 has accelerated us into a new era of strategic IT and raised its profile considerably. The report suggests that India is a front runner when it comes to modernising IT infrastructures as we begin our journey into a new normal,” Balakrishnan added.
“For true agility and scalability, hybrid cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure has been our architecture of choice. If you look at the priorities for CIOs today- security, application modernisation, and automation are at the top of the list.”
“Hybrid cloud allows them the flexibility to choose the best environment for each of these needs, with the right cost management,” said Sendil Kumar Venkatesan, CTO – Shriram Capital Ltd.
India’s appetite for hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is also apparent in the ECI report, with nearly three-fourths (72%) stating that they have already deployed or are in the process of deploying HCI, compared to 50% of global respondents.