What’s Hybrid Cloud Looking Like in the Endemic Phase?

As businesses navigate the transition to an endemic future, hybrid ways of working will remain a top priority for companies all over the world. Enterprises must now be able to offer and successfully implement remote work models for their employees at any time and from any location.

“In today’s hyper-digital world, it is imperative that every business pivots digitally, or risk falling behind to their competitors,” said Ho Chye Soon, Singapore Country Manager, Nutanix, in an interview with DSA.

As a result, organisations are quickly realising the importance of adopting a digital-first mindset, which necessitates the use of modern, specialised IT environments to support the transformation of their people, processes, and technology.

Chye Soon stated that hybrid, multi-cloud adoption has accelerated across ASEAN, in countries such as Singapore and Malaysia, and that it remains the cloud architecture of choice for many organisations, providing enterprises with the agility and flexibility required to thrive in a new era of business.

According to a report titled ‘Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index,’ 51% of Malaysian respondents and 61% of Singaporean respondents have increased their hybrid cloud investments due to the pandemic. An overwhelming majority of respondents in both countries (88 per cent in Singapore and 96 per cent in Malaysia) agreed that an integrated (hybrid) mix of public and private cloud is the best architecture for their organisation.

“The future of hybrid, multi-cloud is bright, and within the next five years, we can expect more Singaporean and Malaysian businesses to be running this type of environment,” said Chye Soon. He added that organisations realised that they needed to emerge leaner and more agile in their recovery from the pandemic, and hybrid, multi-cloud has proven itself as a key enabler in this process.

However, as organisations accelerate their innovation through cloud adoption in order to build a secure digital future, they are confronted with never-before-seen complexities. If not addressed promptly, he said these issues can significantly impact the organisation’s growth prospects or even halt operations.
 
Securing a Digital Future: The Challenges Ahead

Chye Soon stated that the rapid, almost knee-jerk acceleration of digital technologies and disruption has meant that what is sufficient in the short term can quickly become laborious or ineffective in the long run. True transformation cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach. 

“Businesses need to chart their journey to the cloud on their own terms, and adopt a strategic and tailored approach — customising and adapting their cloud strategies for their specific business needs, applications, workloads and costs,” he explained.

Another critical component of the equation is security and compliance. According to Chye Soon, if businesses do not implement stringent security protocols to protect sensitive business data during cloud migration, they risk exposing or losing critical data to malicious cyber attacks. He added that these are critical considerations that must be addressed before organisations make the switch to the cloud, eliminating any potential for error.

Speaking of security, it is high on the list of concerns that enterprises have when migrating to hybrid, multi-cloud infrastructures, according to Chye Soon. He claims that this is an especially important consideration in today’s world, where cyber attacks are on the rise. As such, security and data protection must be prioritised and integrated into the core of every business’s digital strategy.

“Another challenge that many companies face today is the issue of vendor lock-in. Wherein agility and scalability is key for businesses today, enterprises seek to avoid being bound to one vendor once all IT environments and systems have been moved to the cloud,” said Chye Soon as he explains the third challenge that companies face when adopting the cloud. 

He went on to say that businesses can mitigate this by considering hybrid, multi-cloud solutions, which give them the flexibility to move between multiple service providers and customise the best offerings to meet their specific business requirements.

With businesses today seeking to maintain and strengthen business agility and continuity, build operational resilience, and innovate with new offerings, it is a difficult trifecta to navigate — one that necessitates a deep understanding of hybrid, multi-cloud and business needs. And that’s where Nutanix holds this expertise.

“We have found ourselves in a unique position to help companies strike this balance. We ensure that businesses have the flexibility to chart their journeys to the cloud, on their own terms, without getting locked into a single solution or provider, or having to refactor their applications to take advantage of cloud elasticity,” he said. 

Chye Soon added that from that perspective, Nutanix provides enterprises with a solid foundation for building a secure, compliant environment across public and private clouds by seamlessly integrating protection at the network, storage, and compute layers. He concluded that this enables businesses to run workloads wherever they see fit, maximising the value of a hybrid, multi-cloud strategy.

Nutanix recently unveiled several new features to their solutions at the .NEXT Conference, all of which are aimed at addressing the common challenges that many enterprises face in hybrid, multi-cloud environments. Moreover, the event looked into how businesses in the region could use the cloud on their own terms to run their operations faster, better, and from anywhere.

Read our coverage of the event to find out more.

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