Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures in German SMEs: Hyperconvergent Infrastructures

vom 01.04.2021

29. March 2021

Hyperconvergent infrastructures are awakening from their slumber.

As part of a recent study, the consulting firm techconsult, together with gridscale, has investigated how medium-sized companies are driving the modernization of their IT infrastructures, not just since the Corona pandemic,. The resulting study offers in-depth insights into the challenges companies face in their transformation, how to implement a future-proof cloud and data center strategy, and highlights the key use cases, benefits and process models of hyperconverged infrastructures.

The study results clearly show that SMEs have recognized the signs of the times and that a large proportion of companies are absolutely aware that only the further development of rigid, outdated IT towards a dynamic, flexible and powerful IT infrastructure will help to meet the increasing requirements within a »digital world«. Consequently, modernizing the IT infrastructure is at the top of the to-do list for many SMEs.

Hybrid cloud architectures as the foundation of digitization

Cloud computing has become an important part of their IT strategies. The future focus of company managers is clearly on the use of hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures. In the future, 40 percent of companies - in the case of large organizations, as many as one in two - want to significantly increase the flexibility and agility of their IT infrastructure by using mixed cloud models. Such an IT infrastructure is an essential and necessary feature, especially in times of the Covid 19 pandemic, in order to be able to react quickly and purposefully to unexpected events and developments. However, hybrid cloud infrastructures quickly become a complex undertaking and not infrequently lead to disillusionment. For example, 43 percent of companies are dissatisfied with the lack of provider independence, and for around a third of companies, management and administration, access and rights control (IAM) and a lack of internal expertise and resources are no less problematic in the operation of their hybrid cloud infrastructures. The result: the actual goals such as agility, flexibility, scalability, less management effort, increased security and cost benefits fall by the wayside.

Hyperconverged infrastructures ease the way

»Without the use of external experts, automation tools or innovative technologies such as HCI, these problems are difficult to solve. Modernizing infrastructure while incorporating hyperconverged solutions offers SMBs the opportunity to future-proof and flexibly set up IT infrastructure and data centers while managing the complexity of hybrid infrastructures«, says Frank Schmeiler, senior analyst at techconsult. Rapid deployment and simple management offer all the benefits of the cloud without having to forego the advantages of an in-house IT infrastructure. It is therefore hardly surprising that almost two thirds of companies are already looking at hyperconvergent infrastructures and that these are either already part of the IT infrastructure, are planned within the next 12 months or are being considered as an alternative in principle. The advantages that companies expect to gain from this are, in particular, greater scalability, improved data management and data backup, and increased efficiency and profitability. Another key factor for the respondents is a uniform management interface that makes it easier to administer, monitor and control hybrid cloud infrastructures. This eliminates the need for separate management solutions for servers, storage networks, storage, virtualization and the individual cloud services, resulting in significant efficiency gains and freeing up resources for higher-value tasks.

The complete study is now available as an ePaper at https://gridscale.io/HybridCloud.

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