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Hybrid multi-cloud is the ideal IT model

Nutanix has revealed further findings from its global Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) survey and research report, which measures enterprise progress with cloud adoption in the industry. The study found that hybrid multi-cloud is the Ideal IT model, but healthcare is slower to adopt

Healthcare organisations appear to be in the early phases of cloud adoption and behind the cross-industry global respondent average. However, adoption is expected to jump from 27 per cent to 51 per cent in the next three years. This is in line with the global trend of evolving to a multicloud 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 per cent say private cloud is their most common IT deployment model. While multi-cloud adoption is trending upwards, the complexity of managing across cloud borders remains a major challenge for healthcare organisations, with 92 per cent of respondents agreeing that success requires simpler management across multi-cloud infrastructures. To address top challenges related to inter-operability, security, cost and data integration, 90 per cent agree that a hybrid multi-cloud model is ideal.

Complexity and challenges

“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 per cent), managing costs (48 per cent), and performance challenges with network overlays (45 per cent).
  • More than 84 per cent of respondents say they currently lack the IT skills required to meet business demands.
  • 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 have moved one or more applications to a new IT environment over the last 12 months, yet, 80 per cent of respondents agree that moving a workload to a new cloud environment can be costly and time-consuming.
  • Focus on business continuity and disaster recovery is helping to drive cloud adoption. Healthcare IT professionals indicated an intent to use public cloud services as supplemental IT infrastructure to which they can failover for improved business continuity levels and disaster recovery set ups (BC/DR). In fact, they cited improving BC/DR most often as motivating their three-year plans to increase multi-cloud use (38 per cent).

Top healthcare IT priorities

Top healthcare IT priorities for the next 12 to 18 months include: adopting 5G (47 per cent) and AI/ML-based services (46 per cent); improving BC/DR (45 per cent) and multi-cloud management (44 per cent).

Healthcare respondents also said that the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred them to increase their IT spending in certain areas such as bolstering security posture (62 per cent), implementing AI-based self-service technology (60 per cent), and upgrading existing IT infrastructure (48 per cent).