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Hybrid cloud is out of reach for some organizations

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Despite the obvious benefits hybrid cloud offers enterprises everywhere, many are struggling to realize its full potential due to various roadblocks.

This is according to a new report from CloudBolt and Pulse, which says enabling self-service IT, accelerating automation and optimizing cloud spend are the top three most critical factors for digital transformation through hybrid cloud.

Basing its conclusions on a poll of directors, VPs and other IT execs across the Americas, EMEA and APAC, the report states that self-service IT is currently too difficult for the majority (56 percent), requiring too much expertize in both cloud and infrastructure tools.

More than three-quarters still rely on some form of custom coding when integrating different tools, while at the same time lacking the visibility they need to properly optimize cloud deployments. Some lack automated ways to optimize cloud costs, as well.

There’s good news too, it seems, as IT leaders clearly understand what they need to do to solve these issues.

For most (71 percent), self-service IT needs to be a true “easy button”, it was said, in which end-users don’t need to understand the underlying cloud-native tools and tech.

They also want integration approaches that don’t demand deep domain knowledge, or special expertize usually required for custom coding projects. And finally, more than half want the ability to keep pinging stakeholders about cost overruns and automated optimization methods.

“The industry clearly understands the value that hybrid cloud plays in digital transformation, especially around the importance of areas like self-service IT, automation, and cost optimization,” said Jeff Kukowski, CEO at CloudBolt.

“Unfortunately, although the industry has focused on these pillars of cloud management for a decade, they struggle to make them a reality. Our research indicates the need for a new approach if leaders want to achieve their digital transformation goals.”