More organizations can adopt this trend and find ways to straddle a mix of cloud and edge platforms for hybrid benefits.

In today’s rapidly changing world, being well-prepared to manage uncertainty is a top priority for almost all organizations.

Yet, many have realized that hosting all their data on public clouds is not adequate for supporting business continuity or helping them flourish. Some that had kept afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic recognize that a hybrid multicloud strategy was what helped them adapt their infrastructure to match their changing needs. 

Organizations are seeing the benefits of running workloads simultaneously across public clouds, on-premises, and at the edge, that can enhance their ability to improve data security, flexibility, and reduce costs.

IT infrastructures getting more diverse

As IT infrastructure becomes increasingly diverse, IT teams in the digital economy will have to adopt either a mix of private and public clouds, multiple public clouds, or an on-premises data center along with a hosted data center. This trend is projected to intensify in the future. 

However, these new complex IT environments pose various challenges for IT professionals: the copious amount of data generated from the rapidly increasing number of applications is one such challenge in data management and control. With mixed infrastructure, organizations are losing visibility of their data stored across multiple cloud platforms or applications. Any lack of data visibility could potentially lead to data loss. This arises from significant risks such as vulnerability to security breaches, compromised ability to respond quickly to incidents, and difficulty in recovering information and complying with regulations. 

Han Chon, Managing Director (ASEAN), Nutanix

As a result, organizations experiencing such issues will need a scalable cloud operating platform that can be used to build, operate, govern, and run all applications effectively. Having full data visibility helps organizations to achieve better decision-making and optimize operations for improved results.

Tackling the cloud strategy pain points

Organizations that are getting ahead in the cloud race are taking the time to assess and understand the needs of customers, before developing a ‘personalized’ hybrid cloud strategy that addresses those pain points.

Instead of solely adopting a public cloud strategy, they are looking at the bigger picture and seeing cloud as an operating model and not a destination. A ‘personalized’ hybrid cloud environment can help organizations minimize operational costs, enhance flexibility, and control data and applications.

For example, a leading food and agricultural business headquartered in Singapore was able to achieve 99.999% availability for almost 95% of their IT stack running business critical applications on a hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure. In addition, it saw an 85% drop in the number of reported IT incidents.

Another example is an established firm in the Korean dairy processing industry. Since switching over to hybrid multicloud infrastructure, it was able to improve the speed of completing mission-critical tasks such as the migration of data from its R&D Center, and achieving integrated control for dispersed virtual machines. The firm’s response time for accessing R&D documents was reduced by 50% since migrating over to the hybrid multi-cloud environment, and security of the R&D data was also tighter when the firm allowed access only through an app hosted on a virtual desktop infrastructure. 

Finally, by adopting a ‘personalized’ cloud solution, IT leaders can ensure compliance with a wide range of regional and industry standards while keeping cloud costs under control.