Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Survey of European decision-makers reveals that hybrid IT is on the rise

34% of Irish enterprises already take a hybrid approach to their IT infrastructure strategies
Workloads in the cloud could more than double with the introduction of direct connect services to the market

Hybrid IT strategies are the new normal, according to new research by IDG Connect and commissioned by INTERXION HOLDING NV (NYSE: INXN), a leading European provider of cloud and carrier-neutral data centre services with offices based in Dublin. IDG Connect surveyed 625 IT decision-makers in midsize and large enterprises across Europe including 56 Irish companies about their current IT set-up and their mid- to long-term infrastructure plans.

The research shows that today’s reality as well as the mid- to long-term future in terms of preferred infrastructure strategies will be hybrid, ie a multi-sourced solution of on-premise data centres and off-premise public and private clouds. 34% of Irish enterprises are already running hybrid IT solutions slightly lower than the EU average of 45%.

71% of Irish respondents are using data centres and 30% are using public cloud services, with 51% of respondents throughout Europe indicating that they expect to move more workloads to public cloud within the next 5 years. However, on-premise data centres are expected to remain a highly significant component of the way enterprises manage their mission-critical, sensitive data, whether managed internally or by a service provider. This is particularly true in Ireland with 29% of enterprises stating that data centres will still be their main method of storing critical data going forward to 2016.

The research also shows that high levels of connectivity between these disparate compute resources would be a catalyst for further migration to the cloud. The key barriers to further cloud adoption by enterprises are concerns about security (58% in Ireland) followed by data protection and company rules both at 25% for Irish enterprises. Interestingly, respondents replied that they would nearly double the workloads run in the cloud, an increase from 24% to 42%, if these challenges were overcome. Already, 37% of Irish respondents intend to bypass the Internet and opt for enterprise-grade solutions, connecting to the cloud via a WAN connection or direct connect solution.

“This research demonstrates that while Irish enterprises are more reluctant than our EU counterparts to migrate to public cloud storage, developments around data security and application performance will see this number increase,” said Tanya Duncan, MD of Interxion Ireland. “The number of enterprises using direct connect services will further accelerate cloud adoption. All of this only confirms that the new IT reality is hybrid.”

For more information on how enterprise data centre strategies are changing, the report ‘The Rise of Hybrid IT’ is available for download here. A video presentation of the findings is also available here.