First published market study on the current hybrid cloud trend in German SMEs

vom 17.03.2021


Cologne - The IT analyst firm techconsult from the heise publishing group and the Cologne-based cloud provider gridscale are publishing free of charge the results of a comprehensive empirical survey on deployment scenarios, process models and the status quo of hybrid cloud and hyperconvergent infrastructures (HCI) in next-generation IT operations. For the first time, a market survey with the provocative question »Well equipped?« focuses on the special challenges in the classic midmarket and provides business and IT decision-makers with more than sixty pages of information and benchmarks for a future-proof cloud and data center strategy. The study was produced in partnership with the industry association EuroCloud Deutschland_eco e.V. ( and is freely available from (

Hybrid cloud infrastructures become the dominant form of provisioning

Today, German SMEs are facing major challenges and a huge modernization push across all industries. Previously successful business models are either being expanded or replaced by disruptive innovations, mobile digital working is becoming the standard, and decades of experience and market presence are being replaced by AI, new technologies and smart services. The Corona pandemic has greatly accelerated this evolution.

»Traditional IT and monolithic architectures cannot win this race. The age of hybrid and multi-cloud has long since begun«, says Frank Schmeiler, responsible IT analyst at techconsult. »Almost two-thirds of the companies surveyed are therefore already looking at hyper-convergent and thus virtualized, arbitrarily flexible IT infrastructures.«

More than 150 executives and experts in SMEs surveyed

But how well prepared are the companies in the first place, what specific challenges do IT managers have to face, and what do benefits, use cases and proven process models look like when setting up cloud-based, hyperconvergent infrastructures?

»SMEs in particular have rarely been surveyed here so far«, says Andreas Weiss, Director of EuroCloud Deutschland_eco e.V., explaining the support provided by the trade association in conducting the study. »The responses from the more than 150 interviews show how great the pressure to act and, at the same time, the need for information, education and assistance is.«

Corona pandemic as warp drive for IT infrastructure modernization

Many of the companies surveyed do not yet see themselves as well positioned for transformation to the cloud. More than a third complain of a lack of resources and know-how, and are unable to manage hybrid IT infrastructures without external help and technologies such as HCI.

»Depending on the individual starting position, the current pandemic either acts as a turbo or fire accelerator for business success«, adds Henrik Hasenkamp, CEO of gridscale GmbH as initiator of the market survey. »The new study sheds light on the current situation in German SMEs for the first time and provides companies with valuable orientation on the path of their own IT infrastructure modernization.«

The complete study is now available as an ePaper at (


About hyperconvergent infrastructures (background information):

A »hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI)«  is an umbrella term for a fully virtualized operating environment and integrates server, storage and network components as well as virtualization and management software in one system.

Hyperconverged platforms use a software-defined approach to intelligently combine individual/distributed compute and storage resources and enable their execution and management on shared compute and storage resources. Enterprises benefit from the same scalability and flexibility of a public cloud infrastructure without giving up control of the hardware on their own premises (private cloud). Services can be centrally managed and used in the private cloud, in the public cloud or in a hybrid mixed model via a uniform management. HCI solutions can thus be flexibly deployed in the company's own data center as well as in different cloud scenarios.

Click here for the original article in german.

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