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Technology & IT | Monday 16 February, 2015 10:16 am |

10,000 Global IT Professionals Weigh in On Hybrid Cloud Adoption

- Two-thirds of Respondents in New IT Survey Believe Hybrid Cloud Provides Greater Agility and Security

Research Highlights:

• Hybrid cloud adoption has grown by 9% since 2013, over a quarter of global respondents (27%) have now deployed a hybrid cloud.
• EMEA respondents leading hybrid cloud adoption with over 27% respondents across the region reported to have deployed a hybrid cloud
• Middle East markets such as Saudi Arabia (32%) and UAE (30%) report higher adoption of hybrid cloud than global average (27%)

– EMC Corporation today released the findings of a global study of 10,451 IT business decision-makers across 33 countries, conducted by Vanson Bourne, which gauged global sentiment about IT’s evolving role in organizations today. The survey revealed increasing adoption of cloud computing globally, with the majority of respondents citing hybrid cloud as their preferred option for greater agility and security.

Respondents believe IT is a business enabler now more than ever before, yet spending is moving outside of its control. To help support business growth, a majority of respondents believe IT must act as an in-house broker of on-demand services. This pressure combined with a widening IT skills gap appears to be driving interest among IT professionals in pursuing hybrid cloud.

Critical findings from the survey include:

Challenges and Drivers for Adoption

• 71% of respondents globally favor a strategy for IT to serve as an in-house broker of on-demand services, survey data indicates a lack of confidence in IT’s own ability to help drive business growth.
• 48% of respondents globally and 47% in EMEA believe that spending on technology is out of the IT department’s control, with majority of respondents in emerging markets like Saudi Arabia (65%), UAE (64%) and Qatar (63%) stating the same.

• 35% globally believe their organization doesn’t have the right level of skills and knowledge to achieve key business priorities lead by respondents in developing markets like LATAM (34%) and EMEA (33%)
• Majority of respondents in LATAM region (85%), UAE (85%) and Saudi Arabia (81%) believe training IT staff to keep pace with the implications of megatrends such as cloud, mobile, social, and Big Data, will be a challenge for their organization over the next 1-2 years (beating the global average of 69%)

Increasing Importance of Hybrid Cloud & Automation

• Hybrid cloud adoption has grown 9% since 2013, with 27% uptake across the globe, the highest being the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region (28%), followed by Latin America (24%) and Asia Pacific and Japan (24%).
• Hybrid cloud adoption is the highest in the EMEA region lead by countries like UK and Netherlands (36% reported to be using hybrid cloud)
• In the Middle East, UAE and Saudi Arabia lead in hybrid cloud adoption with 32% and 30% reported to be using hybrid cloud (Global average is 27%)Roughly two-thirds of global respondents (64%) expressed a need for a hybrid cloud due to the agility and security it provides

Future of Cloud & Scepticism Towards Public

• While organizations are moving increasingly online, only 16% of respondents would be willing to host any application on a public cloud.
• Developed markets with more advanced IT economies lead the charge for cloud adoption, while Emerging markets appear to be more risk averse with lower levels of cloud uptake overall.
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