Two years ago, IT experts predicted that workloads in the cloud would increase almost 20%, from 41% to 60% by the end of 2018 – over the past few years, cloud adoption has risen astronomically. According to the 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Study, 73% of organizations have at least one application in the cloud, and 76% of enterprises are looking to cloud apps and platforms to accelerate IT service delivery. As enterprises grow, their IT infrastructure needs to scale to accommodate evolving demands, such as:
- Instant Content Delivery: Organizations today compete based on the ability to deliver exceptional customer experiences, and such experiences are inextricably linked to instant and uninterrupted content delivery.
- Seamless App Performance: Regardless of whether IT teams are in charge of running a global hospitality, e-commerce or entertainment business, they can no longer afford to serve customers a poor app experience.
- Readily Accessible Compute, Network and Storage, close to the edge: As IT teams adapt to edge computing they are enabling enterprises to implement their IoT and mobile strategies. Key innovations such as digital supply chain transformation and remote freight monitoring depend on both access to scalable connectivity, as well as compute resources that are physically located near the devices.
Increasing cloud adoption, however, does not mean enterprises are leaving behind traditional methods. Uptime Institute’s most recent survey shows enterprises are increasingly running workloads across colocation, on-site and cloud deployments, and shifting toward a highly distributed, hybrid model. As enterprise IT teams look for the most effective ways to scale their infrastructure delivery methods, they are increasingly embracing flexible, distributed hybrid cloud options. These models incorporate several IT delivery methods in order to meet the ever-growing data and connectivity demands of their distributed employees, customers and global partners.
Hybrid cloud is now becoming the new normal for IT infrastructures, enabling enterprises to manage data, app performance and workload delivery wherever and whenever they need. Hybrid cloud enables IT agility, flexibility, reliability and, by design, integrates multiple infrastructure delivery services into a distributed, scalable IT ecosystem. This is why many organizations migrate to the cloud by balancing two or more public or private cloud services. According to a 451 Research survey, 80% of enterprises are using multiple cloud services, with an average of four cloud services per company.
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