Enterprises still struggle to optimise multi-cloud strategies

A vast majority of enterprises worldwide have adopted multi-cloud strategies to keep pace with the need for digital transformation and IT efficiency, but they face significant challenges in managing the complexities and added requirements of these new application and data delivery infrastructures, according to a global survey conducted by the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network, in partnership with A10 Networks.

The new study, entitled ‘Mapping The Multi-Cloud Enterprise,’ finds that improved security, including centralised security and performance management, multi-cloud visibility of threats and attacks, and security automation, is the number one IT challenge facing companies in these new compute environments.

Among key survey findings:
•Approximately two-thirds of companies have now deployed enterprise applications across two or more public clouds
•84% expect to increase their reliance on public or private clouds over the next 24 months
•35% have already moved half or more of their enterprise applications into the cloud
•Only 11% believe their companies have been ‘highly successful’ in realising the benefits of multi-cloud
•Improving multi-cloud security is seen as their most critical challenge, followed by a lack of multi-cloud talent and expertise, the need for centralised visibility, and the capacity to more effectively manage application and infrastructure complexity.

“Multi-cloud is the de facto new standard for today’s software- and data-driven enterprise,” said Dave Murray, head of thought leadership and research for the BPI Network. “However, our study makes clear that IT and business leaders are struggling with how to reassert the same levels of management, security, visibility and control that existed in past IT models. Particularly in security, our respondents are currently assessing and mapping the platforms, solutions and policies they will need to realise the benefits and reduce the risks associated of their multi-cloud environments.”

“The BPI Network survey underscores a critical desire and requirement for companies to re-evaluate their security platforms and architectures in light of multi-cloud proliferation,” said Gunter Reiss, vice president of worldwide marketing at A10 Networks. “The rise of 5G-enabled edge clouds is expected to be another driver for multi-cloud adoption. A10 Networks believes enterprises must begin to deploy robust Polynimbus security and application delivery models that advance centralised visibility and management and deliver greater security automation across clouds, networks, applications and data.”

The study finds that some 38% of companies have or will reassess their current relationships with security and load balancer suppliers in light of multi-cloud, with most others still undecided about whether a change in vendors is needed.

Benefits and Drivers of Multi-Cloud

IT and business executives respondents point to a number of benefits and business and technology forces that are driving their move into multi-cloud environments.

The top-four drivers for multi-cloud:
•The desire to improve efficiency and cut costs (47%)
•The need to move applications and data closer to users (43%)
•Safeguards against single-vendor cloud failures (32%)
•The desire to access new solutions and technologies (28%)

The top-four benefits for multi-cloud:
•Redundancy and disaster recovery (61%)
•Cost optimisation (50%)
•Performance optimisation (47%) are also seen as top benefits
•Using the best cloud environment for specific workloads (34%)

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