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State of the cloud: Making a case for hybrid cloud technology

Highlights
  • Australian and New Zealand businesses are incorporating multiple clouds into their IT models
  • Successful, centralised IT divisions are highly focused on brokering cloud services and advising which apps to move to cloud
  • Businesses are reducing wasted cloud spend and developing solid data backup and disaster recovery strategies

Discover why Australian and New Zealand enterprises are adopting hybrid cloud technology at a rate 10 per cent higher than the global average.

Businesses in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) are creating a new approach to cloud storage, according to the Australia/New Zealand edition of the 2017 State of the Cloud Report.

The survey, conducted by RS Consulting Services, found that on average, ANZ  organisations are adopting hybrid cloud setups at a rate of 70 per cent, against the global trend of 67 per cent.

In particular, businesses are opting for this approach at a rate 10per cent higher than their global peers. A crucial factor is that ANZ businesses are leveraging multiple clouds in their models, another central finding of the report

Additionally, businesses that have centralised IT are more likely to see this division’s role as brokering cloud services or advising which apps to move to cloud; in contrast, they place less emphasis on this central IT division setting policies for cloud use or optimising cloud costs.

The data also outlines where ANZ businesses are poised to improve. Foremost among these is cloud spend. While tackling waste is nothing new, respondents vastly underestimated this cost by up to 19 per cent.

Optimisation strategies for correcting wasted cloud spend centre on shaping storage to the work required and “right-sizing” it to fit, as well as addressing storage volumes that are not in active use.

Moreover, disaster recovery scenarios and data backup practices can be implemented to overcome challenges resulting from loss of access to the cloud. According to the report, this level of preparedness is paramount to dealing with any challenges, be it a regional outage or a loss of connection to the cloud itself.

85% of local businesses have opted for a multi-cloud strategy. Find out why in the 'State of the Cloud' report.

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