Over 96% of businesses in India see Cloud as critical to meeting immediate business needs amongst pandemic uncertainty, the study found. The report is based on responses from 950 decisions makers in 13 countries across five regions.
Before Covid-19, many companies had embarked on digital transformation journeys, but the pandemic highlighted that many were not as agile as they had previously thought. The pandemic laid bare deficiencies in businesses’ cloud infrastructure, security and network architecture capabilities, hindering their ability to adapt and remain agile.
While 60.3% organisations in the APAC region are using hybrid cloud, the number in India is lower at 53.8%. The study found that a further 31.6% of APAC respondents (31.3% in India) plan to implement a hybrid solution within 12-24 months. It also found that an improved speed of deployment of apps and services is the biggest driver (38.8%) of hybrid cloud adoption in APAC, especially given the shift to a distributed workforce model where businesses in this region now need to access data and applications in new, different and often complex ways.
Rob Lopez, Executive Vice President, Intelligent Infrastructure at NTT said, “As businesses look to navigate the new year, they must look to hybrid cloud environments that are optimized for agility, security and supported by the right network architecture while also meeting compliance requirements. This is the foundation upon which cloud is successful and will enable businesses to weather any form of disruption that comes their way.”
According to APAC respondents, the second-largest motivation for hybrid cloud adoption is an overall improvement of business agility (38.3%), followed by a more efficient total cost of IT operations (34.0%).
The report found that more than half of the respondents in APAC (51.2%) claim that the difficulties in managing data security is the greatest barrier to adopting hybrid cloud. To overcome these barriers when working in such complex environments, organizations must choose the right environment that will securely host their mission-critical applications across public and private clouds; and work with a partner who understands the industries they’re working in to ensure compliance.