Data herding is trickier as cloud forms vary in Singapore

IT infrastructure is increasingly diverse with organisations challenged with integrating data management and control, according to the latest Enterprise Cloud Index report from Nutanix.

Vanson Bourne conducted research, surveying 1,450 IT decision-makers around the world in December 2022 and January 2023.

The research showed that the majority of IT teams leverage more than one IT infrastructure – a trend that’s expected to intensify in the future. 

However, many are struggling with visibility of data across environments with over one in three (39%) in Singapore admitting that they do not have complete visibility into where their data resides.

Ho Chye Soon, Singapore country manager at Nutanix, said organisations in Singapore have largely embraced the hybrid multicloud, with this trend expected to rise in the coming years. 

“However, as the amounts of applications and data generated continue to grow, many face challenges in the management across their various IT infrastructure – from the edge to core to cloud,” said Ho. 

“As a result, we are seeing an increasing demand from our customers in Singapore and wider region for a cloud operating platform that can unify, govern, and manage processes across the different clouds and applications to enable greater efficiency, enhance productivity, and streamline workflows and resources,” he added.

Rather than working to consolidate on a particular infrastructure or IT operating model, as seemed desirable in 2018 when the ECI debuted, most enterprises now see the inevitability, and even benefits, of running workloads across public cloud, on-premises and at the edge.

The goal for organisations now is to make this hybrid operating model more efficient, especially when managing IT environments across the edge to the core. 

The growing level of diversity in cloud deployments creates enormous complexity in managing application’s data across cloud environments. 

Comprehensive tools that allow organisations to provision, move, manage, monitor, and secure applications and data from a single console in a uniform manner is a growing priority for IT. 

Nearly all respondents say they’d benefit from having a single, unified control plane to manage applications and data across diverse environments.  

Key findings for Singapore showed that most (77%) organisations in Singapore use more than one type of IT infrastructure, and nearly all agree that having a single platform to manage them all consistently would be ideal.

Data is driving infrastructure decisions for enterprises, with data security, protection and recovery topping the list of key drivers. However, visibility into where all data resides was also a top-mentioned data management challenge.

All respondent organisations in Singapore moved applications between infrastructures in the past 12 months. Improving their security posture, being able to meet regulatory requirements and the desire to integrate with cloud-native services were the biggest motivators for moving apps across infrastructure.

Cloud cost control ranks as a top IT management challenge. Among respondents in Singapore, 93% consider cloud cost a challenging IT management issue, and 40% expressed being “very concerned” with cloud costs in the context of their IT budgets for the coming year.