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CIF finds hybrid cloud model causing CIO headaches

Simon Quicke

A hybrid approach to the cloud, with a mixture of on-premise and hosted applications, is likely to be the response from customers in the foreseeable future, raising problems for those in charge of the IT systems.

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has found that CIOs are concerned about how they formalise a hybrid structure and make sure that security remains intact as well as the hosted applications work with the existing infrastructure.

Other worries discovered by CIF included avoiding replication and managing data protection with the desire from the majority of customers (79%) to move to a single monitoring solution to oversee all of the IT operations.

But only a third of the customers have got into a situation today where they can have a single view even though most companies are already using a hybrid model in some shape or form.

“We can conclude that most organisations will continue to use a mix of deployment models for the foreseeable future, and that the combination of on-premise, hosted and Cloud services, along with the expansion of BYOD, means that the future challenges for an executive managing IT delivery relate more to the distributed nature of IT platforms," said Andy Burton, founder of CIF.

"As if this mixed environment is not challenging enough, the real focus for the CIO in the near future is ensuring good governance, increased agility and effective delivery across a range of in-house and outsourced services given that it is the new norm. In other words what will be keeping them awake a night will be how to effectively build, control and sustain an effective hybrid IT estate while meeting the business requirements of the organisation and the expectations from end users themselves," he added.

"When operating in a hybrid model, the concerns of the CIO typically embrace the issues of maintaining overall control, ensuring reliability and efficiency, and, avoiding commercial issues like lock-in," added Burton.


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