Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced the UK-specific findings of its annual Enterprise Cloud Index. The report shows that the majority of enterprises continue to view hybrid cloud as the “ideal” IT model, with this approach most firmly established in the UK where the hybrid cloud was found to be already in use across 24% of the companies surveyed, compared to an average global uptake of 13%.
Like other countries, the UK figures also showed an unexpected blip in the move away from legacy data centers. Indeed, while the 2018 Index had highlighted the UK plans to halve the use of such resources, the numbers actually went up, although not as much as in other countries many of which also saw hybrid cloud investments fall. In the UK, hybrid cloud growth continued, showing an 8% rise over the year.
The report also shows the UK ahead of the game when it comes to multi-cloud deployment and generally less affected by a reported lack of investment in cloud skills and management tools – issues identified by the report as one of the reasons for other countries temporarily rolling back their hybrid cloud plans.
The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index is based on research conducted by Vanson Bourne to learn about the state of global enterprise cloud deployments and adoption plans. The research surveyed 2,650 IT decision-makers in 24 countries around the world, exploring where organizations currently run their business applications and where they plan to run them in the future. It also questioned respondents on their cloud challenges and where their cloud initiatives sit against other IT projects and priorities.
Key findings from the report include:
- There are more hybrid cloud deployments in the UK than any other country except Italy and Brazil. IT professionals in the UK, Italy, and Brazil each report a 24% penetration of hybrid cloud today. That’s almost twice the percentage usage, on average, of global and EMEA respondents. The UK’s 2019 hybrid penetration represents an increase of 8 percentage points over 2018.
- UK companies indicate comparatively aggressive use of public cloud services with mixed success levels. Almost twice as many UK respondents report using multiple public cloud (multi-cloud) services as elsewhere. In addition, significantly fewer say they’re moving applications off the public cloud and back on-premises, indicating satisfaction with the cloud services they use. However, the UK reports being over budget on public cloud spending slightly more often than companies in other regions, and far fewer UK respondents reported that public cloud services were fully meeting their expectations than elsewhere.
- Scalability and cost are the two most important factors driving UK IT deployment decisions. UK respondents cited scalability far more often than any other country (except Australia) as the biggest consideration in deciding what IT infrastructure types to deploy. While most respondents ranked cost high on their list of factors influencing cloud decision-making, the UK chose cost far more often than any other country except South Africa and Thailand.
- UK companies see the hybrid cloud model’s flexibility of choice as its biggest benefit. A substantial majority of respondents across all regions have selected the hybrid cloud as the “ideal” IT model for two years running. Those in the UK indicated that the main reason is that it affords them the ability to choose the best security and compliance model for their data and to match the right cloud to each application and use case. Globally, however, companies most often cited interoperability between cloud types and application mobility across private and public clouds—functions closely related to the flexibility in cloud choice so valued by the UK—as the biggest benefits.