The trend study “Transforming your infrastructure for digital” for which the IT market research and consulting firm PAC has interviewed 200 CIOs and IT decision makers in Europe, shows that almost all companies currently have projects to transform their infrastructure up and running. At 44 percent, the project is in full swing, but the transformation is not yet complete. Just over a third (38 percent) look more at the beginning of the transition.

Although Hyperscale Clouds are all the rage According to PAC, to European CIOs want less radical solutions for the transformation of their infrastructure. It’ll still a strong preference for on-premise solutions notice. 42 percent prefer according to study technologies in the style of a public cloud, but which are implemented at the customer site. So far, tailored to this market segment solutions would hardly be able to enforce, analysts say, but the industry is increasingly interested in offering solutions that provide as part of on-site installations, the ease of use and flexibility of public clouds. One could also speak of private public clouds.
“In implementing the digital transformation will rely on conservative technologies. Although the public cloud much media attracts attention, but is planning the overwhelming majority of users the deployment of private clouds and virtualization – whether in-house or outsourced – or on-premises Clouds such as Azure pack or FlexPod ” explains Simon Abrahams, senior analyst, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, compared to cloud computing insiders.
Abraham separates the different used by PAC categories interrelated as follows: ” ‘Public-cloud style technologies, delivered to the customers’ own premises’ simply means that the service is set up inside the building of the customer, which is very important for many users to seems to be. This computing power and storage can be purchased very flexible. Usually, the user can manage on-premises resources with the same methods and tools as they come even with resources from the public cloud is used, ie via API or portal. These types of solutions are increasingly being offered by vendors such as HPE, Oracle and Microsoft. ”
“Private Clouds”, however, a generation older than the solutions just described, according to Abraham. They provide the same value, but the configuration and management via APIs or portals. Also get other tools and approaches for use as in public clouds. As examples of Abraham called platforms from VMware or OpenStack Foundation.
“Virtualization” Finally, the analyst defined over cloud computing insiders approach utilize server using virtual machines more efficient than hitherto possible. So far, so known because this was the predominant “cloud model” of recent years. However, the lack of agility discredit this method medium and long term, as Abraham.

Without cloud no digital transformation

Although the digital transformation definitely leads to increased efficiency and potentially reduce costs, these are not the main motives of the surveyed European companies. The study is the market pressure of the main drivers for the transformation of IT infrastructures. 57 percent of companies call customer demand as the driving force, followed by the opportunity to exploit new market opportunities (key driver for 49 percent of study participants). The study shows the growing importance of infrastructure and the role played by its transformation in the digital transformation of enterprises.
“Companies have always wanted to take advantage of both private-and public cloud models. Now public cloud developed locally to a real option and the market is showing strong interest – which I can understand very well, “said Mathieu Poujol, Head of Cloud & Infrastructures at PAC.
No less important for infrastructure teams, the operational issues are. About 60 percent of CIOs surveyed performance and availability call as priorities for their transformation projects. Even IT Operations Management (including Operations Analytics, Infrastructure as code, etc.) is high on the list. Cybersecurity is cited as the main issue on the question of the main challenges in the transformation of the infrastructure. 65 percent of study participants have major concerns with their transformation projects in this area – more than all other issues.

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