Issues with hybrid cloud are more cultural than technical

Thursday 23 July 2015

In recent months there has been a significant increase in the number of companies moving over to a hybrid cloud system, with experts reminding the industry that people are the main issue when it comes to hybrid challenges.

A number of top cloud providers have announced that they will be working together to provide hybrid cloud hosting services, which are often preferred by users as they offer more flexibility. One example of a company that wants to make the transition to a hybrid cloud is Freeport-McMoRan, a copper and gold producer. The company wants to completely overhaul its IT systems and has a timescale of five years to complete the process.

Managing the actual cloud is not the issue in most hybrid cloud cases; instead, the issue is the organisational changes within the IT department. Developers and operations managers often have a set way in which they look at issues and they are often not very flexible when it comes to setting up the cloud services they need.

There are often also problems with financing for IT. These days companies tend to have a more individual approach, with their own budgets, and they do not simply turn to the first provider; instead, they shop around for what they need. Companies are reluctant to allocate money to services that are not meeting their needs.

Technology is no longer a problem for hybrid cloud services, as there is a range of tools and platforms out there; however, cultural issues can mean that finding a straightforward solution can take much longer.

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