More than 65% of enterprise IT organisations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016, according to IDC.
The IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2015 Predictions report indicated that many organisations are re-evaluating how they can implement hybrid cloud platforms, while 75% of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider offerings will be redesigned, rebranded, or phased out in the next 12-24 months.
“Digitisation and transformation to virtualised, on-demand provider-based services are driving very rapid internal IT change,” said Robert Mahowald, programme vice president, IDC SaaS and Cloud Software research practice. “IT buyers are shifting steadily toward cloud-also and cloud-first strategies and nearly all are reconsidering their IT best practices to embrace hybrid cloud construction and operations, secure data management, end-to-end governance, updated IT skills, and improved multi-vendor sourcing.”
IDC also predicted that over the next couple of years, enterprises will direct more of their IT investments towards implementing, or supporting, cloud platforms and strategies.
For example, IDC expects that in 2016, 11% of IT budgets will be channelled away from traditional in-house IT delivery, towards various versions of cloud as a new delivery model. By 2017, IT buyers will actively channel 20% of their IT budgets through industry clouds to enable flexible collaboration, information sharing, and commerce.
In addition, more than 50% of enterprise IT organisations building hybrid clouds will purchase new or updated workload-aware cloud management solutions by 2016. Meanwhile, a fifth of enterprises will adopt community-driven open source standards and frameworks by 2017.
Also by 2017, 35% of new applications will use cloud-enabled continuous delivery and DevOps lifecycles for faster rollout of new features and business innovation. In addition, a quarter of IT organisations will formally support a ‘consumer tier’ to allow workers to develop their own personal automation.
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