In this exclusive interview, Michael Warrilow, Gartner's research vice president, discusses hybrid cloud trends across Australia and New Zealand, how a shift to cross-cloud and multi-cloud approaches is impacting cloud service providers and the future of traditional data centres.
Most organisations are using public cloud today - to a greater or lesser degree - even if it’s just for their public facing systems, for test/dev, backup or disaster recovery.
So, increased adoption of hybrid is more a result of investment in private cloud. In Gartner’s view, hybrid is defined as any combination of public, private and community.
Private cloud is driven more by the need to modernise or transform existing systems. Given Gartner’s definition, hybrid cloud will, therefore, be driven by the increased private cloud adoption.
Australia and New Zealand often have a pioneering approach to technology - if they see value.
Since 2014, and the arrival of multiple public clouds on local shores, there’s been high levels of adoption of public cloud.
As for hybrid, globally around 75% of enterprises expect to have a mix of cloud styles (private, public, etc), so hybrid is the inevitable destination for most — including in Australia and New Zealand.
Australian organisations have been downsizing their data centre requirements in favour of hosting, co-location and cloud.
As a result, there is a shift from smaller, individual data centres to fewer, larger data centres operated by third-party providers.
Increased hybrid cloud will help improve the relevance of traditional data centres.
The hyperscale cloud providers, such as Microsoft and AWS, are in an ongoing turf war battling for increased market share.
For most other cloud providers, cross-cloud and multi-cloud are an opportunity to help enterprises avoid lock-in by providing expertise.
Yes. Cloud is simply another style of computing. The vast majority of the world’s compute capacity is not in cloud today.
Use of cloud must be dictated by the needs of the organisation, not because of a fear of missing out.
China’s approach to cloud has been markedly different. Due to ownership requirements, none of the major global players operate directly in China.
Likewise, local Chinese players and open source play a much bigger role.
Public cloud providers in Asia are concentrating on Singapore, Japan and India. This leaves many large countries in Asia without onshore choices – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand etc.
As a result, there are major obstacles to public cloud.
Increasing options for hosted private cloud, such as Azure Stack, will help drive greater adoption of hybrid across Asia—and elsewhere.