SaaS and Hybrid Cloud Top Priorities for CIOs in 2018

The hybrid cloud market is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of 22.5% through 2021 – and with its popularity comes a renewed interest in software as a service (SaaS) technology due to its ease of use and commodity.

Deploying software as a service (SaaS) and hybrid cloud models are top goals for organisations this year, according to data from TechTarget’s 2018 IT Priorities Survey.

In the survey, 43.4% of respondents said their companies would use hybrid cloud deployment models in 2018, while 41.7% said software as a service and cloud applications are of great interest going forward.

By comparison, 34.9% feared the cloud and continued to use on-premises software and 23.4% would implement infrastructure as service (IaaS) and public cloud.

SaaS implementation and usage relies on back-end analytics, and it is easier to run and manage than IaaS, giving CIOs and IT admins a break in configuration management, cost management and security scanning and mitigation.

Furthermore, SaaS does not need to run infrastructure on site and eliminates the need for patching and maintenance.

According to Gartner, SaaS technology meets organisations’ demands for self-service, automation and customer ownership. It is one direction where cloud architecture and virtualisation provider VMware clearly understands.

There are currently seven VMware SaaS offerings, referred to collectively as VMware Cloud Services, which include the following SaaS offerings:

  • VMware Discovery creates an inventory to provide IT with a comprehensive view of all resources within a cloud account.
  • Cost Insight is a cost reporting and analytics service that provides visibility into public and private cloud costs, enabling IT to track expenses and map investments.
  • Network Insight is the SaaS equivalent of vRealize Network Insight; it monitors traffic flows and troubleshoots network problems.
  • Hybrid Cloud Extension abstracts on-premises and cloud resources and presents them to applications as a continuous hybrid cloud, which promotes multi-cloud interoperability.
  • Wavefront is the result of VMware’s acquisition of Wavefront cross-cloud monitoring and metrics; it provides real-time analysis of applications running on VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • AppDefense monitors application behaviour to improve endpoint security.
  • NSX Cloud provides a single, multi-tenant dashboard through which IT can create, run and manage multiple virtual private clouds in the Amazon infrastructure.

CIOs and IT professionals focus more on business value and differentiators rather than technical and architecture solutions, which is why it makes sense to prioritise SaaS solutions and hybrid cloud deployment for 2018.

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