Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, announced the findings of its fifth global Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) survey and research report, which measures enterprise progress with cloud adoption. This year’s ECI showed that IT infrastructure is increasingly diverse with organizations challenged with integrating data management and control. The research showed that the majority of IT teams leverage more than one IT infrastructure – a trend that’s expected to intensify in the future. However, many are struggling with visibility of data across environments with over one in three (39%) in Singapore admitting that they do not have complete visibility into where their data resides.
“As this year’s ECI report has revealed, organizations in Singapore have largely embraced the hybrid multicloud, with this trend expected to rise in the coming years. However, as the amounts of applications and data generated continue to grow, many face challenges in the management across their various IT infrastructure – from the edge to core to cloud,” said Ho Chye Soon, Singapore Country Manager, Nutanix. “As a result, we are seeing an increasing demand from our customers in Singapore and wider region for a cloud operating platform that can unify, govern, and manage processes across the different clouds and applications to enable greater efficiency, enhance productivity, and streamline workflows and resources.”
In the past five years of conducting the ECI, respondents' attitudes have drastically shifted toward the use of multiple IT environments. In 2018, well over half of respondents globally said they envisioned running all workloads exclusively in either a private cloud or the public cloud one day. Rather than working to consolidate on a particular infrastructure or IT operating model, as seemed desirable in 2018, most enterprises now see the inevitability, and even benefits, of running workloads across public cloud, on-premises and at the edge.
The goal for organizations now is to make this hybrid operating model more efficient, especially when managing IT environments across the edge to the core. The growing level of diversity in cloud
deployments creates enormous complexity in managing application’s data across cloud environments. Comprehensive tools that allow organizations to provision, move, manage, monitor, and secure applications and data from a single console in a uniform manner is a growing priority for IT. Nearly all respondents say they’d benefit from having a single, unified control plane to manage applications and data across diverse environments.
Key findings for Singapore from this year’s global report include:
Most organizations in Singapore use more than one type of IT infrastructure, and nearly all agree that having a single platform to manage them all consistently would be ideal. The majority (67%) of IT teams leverage more than one IT infrastructure, whether it is a mix of private and public clouds, multiple public clouds, or an on-premises datacenter along with a hosted datacenter. That number is expected to grow to 91% in the near future. However, this leads to challenges and nearly all respondents (99%) say they would benefit from having a single place to manage applications and data across diverse environments.
Cybersecurity, data protection and recovery are the biggest IT infrastructure decision factors in Singapore. Data is driving infrastructure decisions for enterprises, with data security, protection and recovery topping the list of key drivers. However, visibility into where all data resides was also a top-mentioned data management challenge. While 93% of respondents agree that having full visibility is important, 39% of ECI respondents report not having complete visibility into where their data resides. Nevertheless, this figure in Singapore is higher compared to just 35% of those in the APJ region and 40% of the full global ECI response base.
All respondent organizations in Singapore moved applications between infrastructures in the past 12 months. Improving their security posture, being able to meet regulatory requirements and the desire to integrate with cloud-native services were the biggest motivators for moving apps across infrastructure. On the other hand, cost of moving applications was no longer a critical consideration, with just 16% citing it as a key reason compared to 36% in the fourth Annual ECI report.
Cloud cost control ranks as a top IT management challenge. Among respondents in Singapore, 93% consider cloud cost a challenging IT management issue, and 40% expressed being “very concerned” with cloud costs in the context of their IT budgets for the coming year. Specifically, application migration across clouds is currently a pain point for organizations with 93% of respondents agreeing that moving applications among environments can be complex and costly. Additionally, more than half of respondents (56%) plan to repatriate some applications to on- premises datacenters to mitigate cloud costs in the year ahead.
Sustainability is now an IT priority. Nearly all (95%) respondents in Singapore agree that sustainability is more important to their organization than it was a year ago. This shift in priorities is primarily driven by supply chain disruptions (77%), Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives (71%), and customers’ purchasing decisions (60%).
For the fifth consecutive year, Vanson Bourne conducted research on behalf of Nutanix, surveying 1,450 IT decision-makers around the world in December 2022 and January 2023. The respondent base spanned multiple industries, business sizes, and the following geographies: the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region.
To learn more about the report and findings, please download the full fifth Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index, here.
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