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Australian Study Reveals IT Pros Should Focus on Information - Not Infrastructure - Management

Veritas Technologies Survey Reveals 74 per cent of IT Leaders Currently Use Multiple Cloud Infrastructures, Stressing the Need for Heterogeneous, Cloud- Ready HA/DR and Data Protection Strategies

Sydney, Australia - 17 May, 2016 - Australian businesses are moving data to the cloud and utilising both private and public cloud services, according to new research that reveals this fragmented approach could create IT blind spots and increase information-based risks.
The State of the Hybrid Cloud report*, launched today by Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, surveyed over 135 Australian organisations to better understand local businesses cloud adoption behaviours from an information management perspective.
Overall, the research revealed that business-critical workloads in the public cloud are set to double in the next 24 months - roughly the same rate as non-critical workloads. This will add additional pressure on IT departments to ensure their entire business services, not just their infrastructure, are highly available and secure. The study also examined both the rate at which organisations are moving data to the cloud and utilising both private and public cloud services, and the reasoning behind their decisions.
“We are seeing an increase in trust when moving data to the cloud, however this also translates to additional pressure for service providers to ensure high availability and the need to avoid any unplanned downtime. This opens up new challenges for the IT department in selecting the right information protection strategies for their infrastructure, both on and off-premise, to ensure that there is no compromise to their information integrity," said Louis Tague, Veritas’ Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand.
Key findings of the study include:
  • Globally, 74 per cent of enterprises are currently leveraging two or more cloud infrastructure vendors to support their workload requirements and 23 per cent are using four or more vendors. This means that the burden of protecting, managing and utilising the data across these heterogeneous environments will largely on IT departments.
  • Geographically, Japan, Brazil and Australia lead the way in leveraging the public cloud with roughly 50 per cent more workloads moving to the public cloud than the U.S., Canada, France and Germany.
  • 34 per cent of workloads today exist in a private cloud, with 33 per cent in a public cloud. However, these numbers are expected to grow at rates of 3 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively, over the next 12 months in Australia.
  • A sizeable number of respondents noted that certain workloads would always remain on-premises rather than migrating to the cloud. In Australia, 19 per cent state that disaster recovery and relational or OLTP databases will remain on-premises and 18 per cent will continue to keep archive workloads on-premises.
  • Compared to respondents in other countries, Australian respondents are less likely to receive security benefits when it comes to hybrid cloud, however, Australian respondents are most likely to cite cost benefits (48 per cent).
  • Legacy on-premises workloads in are set to decrease by 27 per cent in the next 12 months in Australia, from the current 33 per cent to 26 per cent. This is consistent with Australian organisations’ growing appetite to adopt new technologies as they are one of the fastest adopters of private cloud architecture with 47 per cent using private cloud.
The complete State of the Hybrid Cloud report can be downloaded here. To help organisations remain agile and minimise the risks inherent in adopting a hybrid cloud approach, the companion Executive Summary outlines four steps organisations could take.
*The study, commissioned by Veritas and conducted by Cicero Group, surveyed 1,800 global IT decision makers in organisations with at least 500+ employees and at least 75TB of data under management.
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