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How APJ CIOs can overcome the complexities of hybrid cloud adoption

Nurdianah Md Nur | March 24, 2017
HPE's George Yammouni shares tips on how to avoid and/or overcome the challenges of adopting the hybrid cloud model.

HPE's George Yammouni
George Yammouni, APJ Region - Practice Leader, Workload and Cloud, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Credit: HPE.

Hybrid cloud adoption is on the rise as it can help the business achieve agility and scalability, while reducing cost. IDC forecasts that by the end of  2017, more than 65 percent of enterprise IT organisations will commit to hybrid cloud achietectures.

Since the move towards hybrid cloud comes with its own set of challenges, CIO Asia finds out from George Yammouni, APJ Region - Practice Leader, Workload and Cloud, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, what CIOs need to do to avoid and/or overcome those issues.

CIO Asia: How receptive are Asia Pacific (APJ) organisations towards hybrid cloud so far?

Yammouni: Today's CIOs are looking for a way to manage enormous amounts of data and either be disruptors in their own industry, or protect business assets from competitive disruption. That means they are constantly reviewing how the new digital economy can be enabled by new applications and business processes. Invariably that means they are turning to cloud to improve business agility, reduce expenses and accelerate business innovation.

Cloud computing not only redefines the way business deploys and consumes IT assets, but also presents multiple options for hosting and accelerating old and new applications. The result is a hybrid environment and most organisations are moving towards it at a great rate, be it planned or unplanned.

APJ as a region is diverse in its adoption rate of hybrid cloud.  Firstly, we have markets like Singapore and Australia, which have a greater concentration of larger corporations or the presence of global enterprises. This client demographic appears to have an accelerated rate of adoption of hybrid.

Secondly, we see some markets have a greater concentration of new market entrants and smaller enterprises that are less burdened by existing legacy infrastructure and may favour rapid adoption and standardisation around off-premise (public) cloud.

Finally, we see a third category of market such as Japan, where a significant investment in legacy systems remains functionally appropriate, and a conservative approach to protection of such investments may be the reason for slow  adoption rates.  

As reported by industry analysts, we expect private cloud adoption to be evident in approximately 47 percent of all corporations and public cloud in at least 19 percent, but this figure looks to accelerate. Our overall estimation is hybrid will be a reality in approximately 94 percent of all large corporations within two years.

CIO Asia: Security has always been a major barrier to any (new) technology deployment. Besides security, what are the other top challenges of adopting hybrid cloud?

Yammouni: As companies seek to define and implement their traditional, private and public cloud infrastructures, various internal stakeholders-like IT departments, application owners and lines of business-must contend with a complex array of challenges.

The most often reported challenges include data sovereignty, regulatory compliance, cost, migration and integration with legacy.

Additionally, change management and integrated service management require careful consideration and some modifications to the IT operating model. This usually causes concerns for corporations that don't have the internal skills to implement or manage all of this complexity.

In APJ, we see these challenges compounded by the growing prevalence of cloud in almost all business functions. Customers and employees demand 24/7 access to digital products and services, and companies can ill-afford disruptions caused by hybrid cloud complications.


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