Healthcare CIOs ‘starting to embrace multi-cloud’

CIOs in the healthcare sector are edging towards multi-cloud adoption after years in the slow lane, according to new findings.

 

The latest Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) survey from cloud software developer Nutanix shows that healthcare organisations appear to be moving beyond the early phases of cloud adoption, still behind the cross-industry global respondent average. It concludes that cloud adoption in healthcare is expected to jump from 27% to 51% in the next three years, in line with the global trend of evolving to a multi-cloud IT infrastructure.

 

While multi-cloud is the dominant IT architecture in use worldwide, among survey respondents 30% said private cloud is their most common IT deployment model. The healthcare industry is highly regulated and has likely been slower to embrace the public cloud as a component of their IT environments for security and privacy reasons. While multi-cloud adoption is trending upwards, the complexity of managing across cloud borders remains a major challenge for healthcare organisations, with 92% of respondents agreeing that success requires simpler management across multi-cloud infrastructures. To address top challenges related to interoperability, security, cost and data integration, 90% agree that a hybrid multi-cloud model, an IT operating model with multiple clouds both private and public with interoperability between, is ideal.

 

“Multi-cloud is here to stay, but complexity and challenges remain as regulations drive many of healthcare organisations’ IT deployment decisions,” said Joseph Wolfgram, Healthcare CTO at Nutanix. “Regardless of where they are in their multi-cloud journeys, evolution to a hybrid multi-cloud IT infrastructure that spans a mix of private and public clouds with interoperability is underway and necessary for healthcare organisations to succeed.”

 

Vanson Bourne conducted research on behalf of Nutanix, surveying 1,700 IT decision-makers around the world in August and September 2021.

 

 

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