According to the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2016, 58 percent of Australian IT professionals report security remains the greatest Hybrid IT challenge and two-thirds indicate resources and new skills are still needed
SYDNEY, Australia – April 5, 2016 – SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today released the findings of its IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution. The study reveals that the vast majority of Australian businesses have shifted away from on-premises-only infrastructure to hybrid IT environments, creating new management concerns, dominated by security, and more pressure on IT professionals related to skills and resources.
“The findings of this year’s study paint a clear picture: cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous, but it’s not now and will not in the foreseeable future be suitable for all workloads, and even if it were, very few if any businesses would convert all of their existing applications to run in the cloud,” said Joel Dolisy, CIO, SolarWinds. “The resulting dynamic—one set of critical on-premises services connected with another set of services in the cloud—is hybrid IT. And at the center of this evolution is the IT professional who needs to ensure always-on performance of applications, devices, networks and systems—regardless of location. They need to be empowered with the support to gain the skills and tools required to properly manage and monitor hybrid IT environments, which in turn will allow businesses to truly unlock the potential of the cloud.”
IT infrastructures have evolved from traditional on-premises-only to a hybrid strategy that links internal and external IT services driven by the existence of the cloud.
IT professionals are faced with a dual mandate: increase efficiency through cloud services while also ensuring critical systems, databases and applications are secure.
IT professionals require new skills, tools and resources to successfully drive the hybrid IT migration forward and enable their organisations to better meet business objectives.
“Bring-your-own-device and now the Internet of Things have added and continue to add hundreds of thousands of new devices to corporate systems, and as illustrated in this year’s report, IT is also evolving from traditional on-premises-only infrastructure to the hybrid strategy driven by the existence of the cloud,” Dolisy added. “In short, IT is everywhere. Effectively managing and monitoring the new environment—from on-premises to the cloud with multiplying endpoints—to be able to act when needed is more critical now than ever.”
The annual SolarWinds IT Trends Report explores significant trends, developments and movements related to and directly affecting IT and IT professionals. The findings of this year’s report are based on a survey fielded in December 2015, which yielded responses from 163 Australian IT practitioners, managers and directors from public and private sector small, mid-size and enterprise companies.
The findings of this year’s report are featured on the new SolarWinds IT Trends Index, an interactive Web experience that presents the study’s findings region by region, including charts, graphs and additional insights into the data.
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