A study of 257 North American IT professionals conducted by SolarWinds (SWI) indicated security is the biggest challenge associated with managing hybrid IT environments.

SolarWinds' "IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution," released last week, also revealed only 27 percent of respondents said they are certain their IT organizations currently have adequate resources to manage a hybrid IT environment.

Other study results included:

  • 56 percent of respondents noted they have the level of support needed from leadership and the organization as a whole to develop/improve the skills they feel they need to better manage hybrid IT environments.
  • Respondents named infrastructure cost reduction, increased infrastructure flexibility/agility and relieving internal IT personnel of day-to-day management of some infrastructure as the top benefits of hybrid IT.
  • The top skills needed to better manage hybrid IT environments are hybrid IT monitoring/management tools and metrics (48 percent), application migration (41 percent), distributed architectures (32 percent), service-oriented architectures (31 percent) and automation/vendor management (tied at 30 percent), according to respondents.

"The findings of this year's study paint a clear picture: cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous, but it's not now and will not in the foreseeable future be suitable for all workloads," SolarWinds Chief Information Officer Joel Dolisy said in a prepared statement. "The resulting dynamic—one set of critical on-premises services connected with another set of services in the cloud—is hybrid IT."

Dolisy added IT professionals who want to leverage hybrid IT must deliver "always-on performance of applications, devices, networks and systems—regardless of location."

"[These professionals] need to be empowered with the support to gain the skills and tools required to properly monitor and manage hybrid IT environments, which in turn will allow businesses to truly unlock the potential of the cloud," he said.

A recent IBM (IBM) study of 500 hybrid cloud implementers worldwide also showed hybrid cloud is crucial to the majority of respondents' their business strategy and success.

The study revealed 85 percent of organizational leaders reported that a hybrid approach to cloud is accelerating the digital transformation in their organization. 

In addition, the study showed these leaders are five times more likely to be using hybrid cloud for cognitive computing such as predictive intelligence and machine learning, and one third of leaders are using hybrid cloud to enable Internet of Things (IoT).

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