Many company leaders are turning to the cloud to enjoy benefits that can include improving developer and programmer productivity, increasing business flexibility and agility, growing scalability, cost savings, and consolidation of data centers and old hardware. And while approximately 95% of companies are using the cloud in some way, hybrid cloud adoption is outpacing both public and private cloud adoption. With this growth comes the need for hybrid cloud architecture expertise. Although we’ve covered the cloud skills gap in previous posts, the unique skill set required in hybrid cloud management necessitates a deeper look into the hybrid cloud skills gap specifically.
Adoption of Hybrid Cloud Continues to Explode
According to a Tech Pro Research article, “By combining system elements from on-premises systems, private cloud networks, and third-party public cloud services, enterprises can achieve a unique infrastructure that matches their information technology requirements at any point in time.” A hybrid approach can offer greater flexibility, adaptability, and scalability. As a result, hybrid cloud implementations are outpacing private and public cloud setups. According to a SUSE survey of 1,400 senior IT professionals,
- 66% expect hybrid cloud growth to continue
- 55% expect private cloud growth to continue
- 36% expect public cloud growth to continue
With all signs pointing to increased cloud adoption in the coming years, most survey respondents also reported a skills shortage hindering anticipated cloud implementation and growth. In fact, 94% noted greater need for hybrid cloud skills.
Hybrid Cloud Challenges
A lack of necessary skills is concerning because hybrid cloud environments are not without their own set of unique challenges. According to a CSO Online article, “Hybrid models offer many well-documented benefits, but they also introduce more complexity for securing data and applications across the enterprise.” This complexity requires a unique set of skills, including infrastructure configuration, application design, network architecture building, and business process automation expertise. Hybrid cloud architects and engineers need to be able to effectively ensure private and public cloud setups are compatible; attain and maintain compliance and security requirements; as well as address bandwidth, availability, and redundancy considerations.
For hybrid clouds, IT personnel must not only manage multiple environments but must also work alongside cloud service providers. Roles and responsibilities can become blurry, further frustrating IT staff members already struggling with lacking resources.
Closing the Hybrid Cloud Skills Gap
According to the SUSE survey, nearly three-quarters of organizations are struggling with how to address this shortage. Many are scrambling to find and retain skilled IT personnel but keep coming up short. These high-demand skill sets are challenging to find, but also expensive to keep. There are other options — training current IT staff and partnering with third-party cloud services providers. However, while training in-house teams is crucial to enhancing business operations, it often isn’t enough. Many in-house IT teams struggle to keep up with putting out fires while meeting demands to innovate. Utilizing a third-party cloud management partner for implementation, support, guidance, and expertise can take the pressure off in-house teams while saving costs by eliminating the need to hire full-time employees amidst a growing skills shortage.
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