CHAPTER 1

An evolving cloud
landscape

An evolving cloud
landscape

Reimagine your cloud for a hybrid IT world

Reimagine your cloud
for a hybrid IT world

Close the cloud gap and unlock the benefits of hybrid IT.

Close the cloud gap and unlock

the benefits of hybrid IT.

In a constantly evolving threatscape, the best defense starts with integrated security.

Cloud permeates everything we do, powering business transformation. Its impact on customer experiences, business processes and models, and workforce innovations cannot be denied. In every industry, businesses are moving to embrace cloud speed and agility to fuel new capabilities for profitable growth. Organizations are at different stages in their cloud journey, but two things have already become clear.

It’s a hybrid IT world.

It’s a hybrid IT world.

Organizations must prepare to operate in a hybrid IT environment, seamlessly managing their in-house resources and in cloud-based services. In this environment, there is no one answer for how to capitalize on cloud. No single cloud offer that’s right for every business or application. And no way to avoid having to address IT services from all sources, both cloud and non-cloud alike.

Enterprises that are evaluating or using public cloud²

Enterprises that are

evaluating or using

public cloud²

Enterprises that are

evaluating or using

public cloud¹

Enterprises that have a hybrid cloud strategy²

Enterprises that have

a hybrid cloud strategy¹

Enterprises that are leading the way in cloud adoption will use multiple clouds from multiple cloud providers²

Enterprises that are leading

the way in cloud adoption will

use multiple clouds from

multiple cloud providers¹

More is better.

More is better.

We know that the more organizations embrace cloud, the greater the benefits. According to a study from IDC and Cisco, companies with the most advanced cloud adoption (what IDC terms “optimized”) are realizing significant, tangible benefits.

11%

Revenue

growth³

11%

Revenue

growth¹

87%

Reduced time to

provision IT services¹

87%

Reduced time to

provision IT services³

77%

IT cost

reduction¹

77%

IT cost

reduction³

How close are you?

With those kinds of benefits, you would expect that almost every organization would be well on its way to becoming an “optimized” cloud adopter. But today, just 3 percent of organizations are realizing that kind of cloud value.  

CLOUD ASSESSMENT:

Where Is Your Organization?

Check the box that applies.

No cloud strategy

We don’t have a cloud strategy

Ad hoc

We’re beginning to explore cloud technology options for immediate needs. And honestly, it’s not always authorized.

We’re beginning to explore cloud technology options

for immediate needs. And honestly, it’s not always

authorized.

Opportunistic

We’re experimenting with cloud for short-term improvements in IT, mostly for new solutions or isolated environments.

We’re experimenting with cloud for short-term

improvements in IT, mostly for new solutions or

isolated environments.

Repeatable

We’re standardizing the way we use cloud, using best practices such as self-service portals to improve access to IT resources.

We’re standardizing the way we use cloud, using best

practices such as self-service portals to improve access

to IT resources.

Managed

We’re driving consistency in cloud with organizationwide best practices and orchestrating service delivery across an integrated set of resources.

We’re driving consistency in cloud with organizationwide

best practices and orchestrating service delivery across

an integrated set of resources.

Optimized

We’re delivering innovative IT-enabled products and services from internal and external cloud providers and driving innovation through transparent access to IT capacity based on business value and transparent cost measures. 

We’re delivering innovative IT-enabled products and

services from internal and external cloud providers and

driving innovation through transparent access to IT capacity

based on business value and transparent cost measures. 

See Where your Organization Ranks

3%

Optimized

1 Cloud Going Mainstream, IDC sponsored by Cisco, Sept. 2016.
2 IDC Research (need source)
3 IDC and Cisco research (need source)