Survey finds Hybrid Cloud adoption is high but mixed messages and disruptive technologies mean IT decision-makers are suffering from clouded vision 16 December 2015, Sandwich, Kent: The Bunker, a trusted partner for compliant and secure outsourced infrastructure and data storage, has published a new report providing compelling insight into Hybrid Cloud adoption, the key factors dictating whether Cloud migrations are successful or not, and the challenges CIOs and IT decision-makers face when setting and executing on their vision for Hybrid Cloud.The report ‘Completing the Hybrid Cloud puzzle’ is based on research carried out by Vanson Bourne, which interviewed 100 IT decision-makers from private enterprise organisations (1,000+ employees) in the UK. Key findings of the research include:90% of organisations are currently implementing some kind of Hybrid Cloud infrastructure; while 96% expect to migrate applications or data to Cloud Infrastructure within the next 5 yearsAlmost 60% of organisations implementing Hybrid Cloud are doing so to realise greater cost efficiency, flexibility and scalability; with 40% looking to lower total cost of ownership (TCO); and 38% transitioning from a Capex to Opex model55% identify a mixture of in-house and outsourced IT infrastructure using private and/or public cloud, either on-premise and/or off-premise where appropriate as their ideal model for future IT service deliveryHowever, of the 94% of organisations that had already migrated applications or data to Cloud Infrastructure, 70% had experienced some kind of failure – whether in terms of a failed or stalled project, or a failure to realise the business benefits anticipated. Moreover, despite confirming a good level of engagement both internally and externally for decisions concerning IT strategy, planning and execution, just over half of respondents (54%) are yet to identify the optimum technical solution to address their business requirement.“The business benefits of Cloud technologies may be compelling, but organisations continue to struggle when it comes to delivering on them,” states Phil Bindley, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at The Bunker. “Whilst it is clear CIOs and IT decision-makers recognise the importance of aligning IT and business strategy, our research shows that many are unable to translate into technology what the business is trying to achieve.”According to the report, only a fifth of respondents (21%) rated their organisation’s ability to execute on their vision for IT service delivery as ‘excellent’, while just under a third (29%) rated it as ‘fair’, with some external assistance required to address gaps in knowledge. Overall the top three factors contributing to a failed or stalled Cloud migration were identified as: a lack of in-house skills (49%); confusing, biased or incorrect advice (44%); and lack of integration of Cloud Infrastructure and non-Cloud resources (41%).“CIOs and IT decision-makers do not appear to be getting the advice or support they need,” continues Bindley. “The disconnect that exists between the skills and knowledge available internally and the advice received externally from consultancies and key suppliers demonstrates the importance of working with the right partners to develop a Hybrid Cloud strategy that is both deliverable and properly aligned with the needs of the business.”The Bunker commissioned Vanson Bourne to interview mid-market (1,000-3,000 employees) and large organisations (more than 3,000 employees) in the financial services; manufacturing; retail, distribution and transport; and ‘other commercial’ sectors. A copy of the report is available for download here; The Bunker The Bunker is a trusted partner for compliant and secure outsourced infrastructure and data storage. With fully owned UK data centres outside the M25 yet within easy reach of London, we provide Managed Hosting, Colocation, and Cloud Infrastructure and Storage to businesses that value the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their applications and data.At The Bunker, we believe that Information Security should enable businesses to be more competitive, manage risk, protect brand and allow innovation in a controlled manner. We’ve adhered to this philosophy for more than a decade, keeping some of the most demanding businesses compliant, secure and available. Our data centres are former nuclear bunkers upgraded with millions of pounds of investment in networking infrastructure, fire suppression, power and cooling. We are service led, compliant, and secure by design.For more information on The Bunker please visit: www.thebunker.netMedia contactsTo arrange an interview with The Bunker’s CTO, Phil Bindley, please contact:Graham Thatcher07933 673240 / 020 3542 Source: RealWire

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