Research from Ipanema Technologies and Orange Business Services finds preferences for hybrid cloud, hybrid networking and Do-It-Yourself high amongst IT leaders
June 22nd, LONDON: New research from Ipanema Technologies and Orange Business Services today reveals that 66% of enterprises plan to move to a hybrid cloud environment within the next four years. The study of 150 enterprise CIOs and IT Directors finds that a large majority plan to combine public cloud and private data centres to deliver business applications – rather than opting for a cloud only (17%) or private data centre only approach (17%). Results also highlight trends in cloud networking, delivery, adoption and barriers to adoption.
Networking in the cloud
To support the hybrid cloud model over 63% of businesses surveyed plan to use a mixture of traditional MPLS-based corporate networks and cost-effective IP-VPNs. With almost 70% of companies citing cost reduction as the primary driver for selecting a cloud project, moving to a hybrid networking strategy emerges as a popular route to control IT budgets.
Despite the increased complexity associated with adopting a hybrid networking model, surprisingly over 50% of companies plan to deploy and manage their on-going cloud program themselves, using their own IT department. Just 31% plan to outsource this process to external service providers to manage with the remainder not planning to adopt the cloud.
Cloud adoption and barriers to adoption
By the end of 2012 50% of companies are set to have a private cloud (completely virtualised central datacentre) in place. Almost a third have already implemented a private cloud with a further 20% expecting to have done so within the next two years. Security was seen as the primary barrier to cloud adoption with 58% of respondents believing security concerns prevented greater implementation. Performance of the cloud model was also viewed as a challenge with 39% of respondents viewing performance issues as a barrier to further adoption.
Béatrice Piquer, Marketing Director for Ipanema Technologies said of the research “From this research it’s clear that a combination of cloud and private data centres is becoming the primary model for enterprise IT. The cloud can bring great benefits but a hybrid model will add complexity as applications are delivered from a variety of locations across different networks.” She continued: “IT leaders taking on this challenge need to view the WAN as a strategic asset and guarantee performance at the application level.”
About the research
The research study is a collaboration between Ipanema Technologies and Orange Business Services in order to understand the objectives and challenges companies face as they move to the cloud. The results were compiled at a major joint conference for CIOs and IT Directors held in Q2 2011.
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About Orange Business Services:
Orange Business Services delivers new kinds of communications solutions, designed for the challenges organisations face. It provides world leading communications, combining fixed and mobile, voice, data and multimedia services into integrated, secure and effective solutions designed specifically for multinational organisations.
About Ipanema Technologies
The Ipanema System enables any large enterprise to have full control and optimization of their global networks; private cloud, public cloud or both. It unifies performance across hybrid networks. It dynamically adapts to whatever is happening in the traffic and guarantees constant control of critical applications. It is the only system with a central management and reporting platform that scales to the levels required by Service Providers and large enterprises. With solutions used extensively by many of the world’s largest telecom providers and enterprises across business and public sectors, Ipanema controls and optimizes over 100,000 sites among 1,000+ customers. www.ipanematech.com