Indian businesses are completely committed to hybrid cloud architectures and see IT more strategically in their organisations, according to a Nutanix report.
As Covid-19 swept across the globe, overnight companies switched to cloud computing to accommodate staff who were expected to operate remotely.
The study reveals that the hybrid platform was the model of choice in India, with 63 per cent of India’s companies raising their investment in the hybrid cloud as a direct result of the pandemic, compared to only 46 per cent worldwide.
The findings come from the third annual Enterprise Cloud Index, which tracks success in the implementation of corporate, hybrid and public clouds, and this year discussed the effect of Covid-19 on existing and future IT decisions and strategies.
According to the survey, 97% of respondents said that the hybrid cloud was the best architecture for their organizations, higher than the global average of 87%.
Organizations in India are also forming ambitious strategies, according to the report, with more than half (56 per cent) of them aiming to run an integrated hybrid environment within five years.
Respondents have reported that conventional data centre penetration would decline from 13 percent to 3 percent.
Balakrishnan Anantharaman, Managing Director of Revenue, India and SAARC, Nutanix, said, “Cloud computing is now a vital component of IT infrastructure, as Indian companies continue to invest in digitisation and explore stable alternatives to their workloads. Flexibility and security have been of the utmost importance in the market climate caused by the pandemic, and Indian companies need the flexibility to match workloads to the right environment.”
He said The untapped potential of hybrid cloud solutions is finally being recognised by Indian companies as they move away from legacy IT systems and adopt cloud solutions.”
The results also point out that while cost savings are the driving force behind the decision to modernise IT infrastructures, they are not the primary driver. Improved regulation over the utilisation of IT services (79 per cent), accelerated speed to satisfy market demands (69 per cent) and improved customer service are primary modernization drivers (60 percent ).
“India organisations have acknowledged that Covid-19 has accelerated us to a new age of strategic IT and substantially enhanced its profile. The study indicates that India is the front runner when it comes to modernising IT infrastructure as we begin our path to a new normal,” Balakrishnan summed up.
India’s demand for hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is also evident in the ECI survey, with almost three-fourths (72 per cent) reporting that they have either deployed or are in the process of deploying HCI, compared to 50 per cent of global respondents.
“For real mobility and scalability, our architecture of choice was hybrid cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure. If you look at the goals for CIOs today-security, device modernization and automation are at the top of the list. Hybrid cloud enables them to select the best environment for each of these needs, with the right cost control,” said Sendil Kumar Venkatesan, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Shriram Capital.