Schneider Electric has released the findings of a comprehensive study that provides direct insights into hybrid IT management from enterprise leaders.
The new 451 Research survey (commissioned by Schneider Electric) was designed to shed light on hybrid IT environments at large enterprises across the globe.
The research was conducted through intensive, in-depth interviews with C-suite, data centre and IT executives, which Schneider Electric asserts offers peer lessons and perspective into innovative deployment of technologies.
The study involved companies generating over $500 million USD in revenue U.S., U.K. and Asia Pacific, with some of the responses including:
Schneider Electric says there were a few key points that came to light from the interviews.
Firstly, the widespread adoption of cloud services has clearly significantly impacted the way that companies are meeting their data centre infrastructure requirements.
Secondly, these complexities will be compounded by an anticipated groundswell of new distributed IT driven by the IoT and emerging edge computing workloads.
And finally, the shift towards a hybrid data centre environment that consists of a mix of ‘off-premises’ services, public cloud and colocation, and privately owned ‘on-premises’ data centres is challenging traditional infrastructure management and oversight methodologies.
Schneider Electric says the deployment of cloud services are causing ripple effects across organisations, with a significant shift in business models while greater demand is placed on connectivity and workload management.
The result is that the management of a combination of data centre environments has become one of the most complex issues for modern enterprise leaders, forcing a reconsideration of strategy and common practice.
The study also reveals that while the experiences, strategies and innovative technologies used varied greatly, there were clear common themes:
“Be open to change. Internal data centres aren’t going to be here forever. Be ready to move with them.” — Manager of data centre facilities and infrastructure service delivery at a major US retailer