Gartner says hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) adoption continues to grow. “Hyperconverged infrastructure software has evolved as a driving factor in emerging functions and features to support hybrid and even distributed cloud implementations. The providers of this software also are offering additional optional capabilities like disaster recovery as a service and life cycle management,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president, Gartner.
In Hong Kong, the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index report revealed that 98% of Hong Kong enterprises see hybrid cloud as the ideal IT infrastructure model to help deliver the city's top business priorities of flexibility and agility.
The pandemic has caused 62% of respondents said they increased their investment in the hybrid cloud because they needed to support larger remote workforces.
The report also shows that while many organizations are paving the way for a hybrid future by deploying hyper-converged infrastructure, the potential for growth in hybrid cloud use in Hong Kong is tremendous because just 2% of local respondents indicated they have fully adopted it.
Adoption is critical to effectively harness the full might of cloud and other emerging technologies.
On the road to digital
Forty-nice percent reported having deployed HCI. The main advantages of HCI are simplicity, flexibility, ease of deployment, and cost-efficiency.
Integrating data, managing workloads across the different environments, and lowering IT costs are the biggest benefits that result from maintaining a hybrid cloud environment.
What is disconcerting is that 40% of Hong Kong respondents said their IT department lacks the skills needed for managing hybrid environments due to social uncertainty and COVID-19.
Having understood the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), 54% believe migration to hybrid will be easier. Despite this, 35% envision they will operate a hybrid-only environment in the next five years.
“Hong Kong is ready to build even more hybrid and multicloud environments with unified visibility, management, security, and application mobility. Doing so will help local businesses set a course for success and long-term growth in 2021 and beyond,” said Edward Yeung, managing director, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Nutanix.