Research Commissioned by Prosimo Finds Traditional Networking Impedes Multi-Cloud Journey
Prosimo, the Application Experience Infrastructure company, released its 2021 Semi-Annual State of Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Report and Application eXperience Infrastructure Study [AXIS]. The survey of more than 400 IT leaders across the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) whose organizations had more than 1000 employees examined the performance of applications across global cloud service provider (CSP (News - Alert)) regions. Overall, the survey found that 62% of IT decision makers (ITDMs) state that finding a consistent network approach across CSPs is the top cloud networking challenge. It also found 62% of enterprises have plans for mature multi-cloud within two years, which grows to 91% after two years - indicative that most enterprises are struggling to get beyond the initial stage of multi-cloud as organizations lack a comprehensive multi-cloud networking strategy.
While 63% of ITDMs define multi-cloud success through "ensuring consistency, security measures across users, apps, and devices," 53% cannot achieve this with traditional networking approaches. As a result, enterprises are in varying early stages of the multi-cloud journey:
"Despite the growing buzz in the industry that most enterprises are in multi-cloud, key findings from our study revealed that most organizations aren't able to capitalize on the full set of opportunities and benefits of multi-cloud," said Mehul Patel, customer insights and intelligence for Prosimo. "As different teams and business units start using different CSPs; this is increasing the complexity of managing across their entire cloud environment, especially as customers continue to expand their footprint."
To support multi-cloud, customers need to lay the foundation of an integrated stack starting with cloud networking that understands individual application requirements. But as most enterprises have relied on either do-it-yourself strategies - requiring them to "stitch together '' disparate services or stack virtual applications with L3 networking approaches for connectivity - it leads to visibility gaps that make balancing the security and performance of enterprise applications problematic. Furthermore, these approaches do not scale, leading to more operational complexity with rising and uncontrollable cloud spend.
The survey also reveals that nearly half (45%) of enterprises would ideally have advanced multi-cloud capabilities today, barring such challenges. While traditional networking approaches, including legacy networking, VPN, and traditional WAN, are failing, the AXI Study shows that a multi-cloud transit reduces latency across 50% more paths than a single cloud alone while improving performance by up to 55% for routes.
Enterprises Expect "Consistent User Experience" from Multi-Cloud
As more enterprises advance through their multi-cloud journey, ITDMs surveyed share that the top three requirements are:
In many enterprises, teams outside of IT operations, including business units and DevOps, are deciding which cloud provider to use based on factors including the location of applications and users, a CSP's unique features, and experience using a particular CSP. In addition, another challenge for enterprises is the talent gap when it comes to security (31%) and cloud (31%), especially as it relates to the experience and knowledge of each CSP offer. The disparate use of cloud within enterprises have led to four key challenges for cloud architects tasked to make it all work together to support business alignment and initiatives:
Multi-Cloud Spending Rising But Data Transfer Fees Remains a Challenge
Cloud spending in the US currently accounts for 31% of overall IT budgets. However, over the next 12 months, more enterprises report rising cloud budgets (73%). This is in line with the trend towards application modernization, with nearly half (46%) of IT professionals reporting that within 12 months, at least 75% of their applications will be in the cloud.
Industry Deep Dive: Retail and Financial Services Have Relatively Mature Multi-Cloud Adoption
Every industry is going through a rapid transformation to deliver new digital services for employees, partners, and customers that improve operational efficiency, customer experiences and create competitive advantages.
"Different classes of problems show up in different stages of a cloud architect's journey to the cloud. The first step here is to acknowledge the stage and solve for cloud networking and operational simplicity for that stage. Next comes building on top of that to get to a scalable cloud infrastructure," said Ramesh Prabagaran, CEO and co-founder of Prosimo. "Enterprises must ensure they have the adequate tools, processes and hygiene as adoption of multi-cloud soars over the next several years, or face alarming risk to their business growth."
Benefits of Multi-Cloud Transit
A multi-cloud networking transit utilizing cloud-native constructs provides end-to-end connectivity to application endpoints across regions that work at the application layer to deliver the greatest per-application performance improvement. The Prosimo AXI Study found:
The study commissioned by Prosimo and conducted by Sapio Research, an independent research company, targeted over 400 enterprise-level IT decision-makers (ITDMs) with expertise in cloud technologies in key vertical sectors across the U.S. and U.K. to ascertain the challenges and the opportunities enterprises face today in adopting mature multi-cloud networking practices.
AXI Study Methodology:
Prosimo collected data from nearly 500+ PoPs (points of presence) to compare the network transit performance of the three largest cloud service providers (CSPs): Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (News - Alert) (Azure), and Google (GCP), worldwide.
This study helps cloud architects make a data-informed decision about their multi-cloud networking journey by showcasing the four challenge buckets fellow enterprise architects are facing and how looking at the problem with an integrated stack can reap benefits and simplify the journey.
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Prosimo delivers simplified multi-cloud infrastructure for distributed enterprise cloud journeys. Companies innovate faster and remain in control with the Prosimo integrated stack. This stack combines cloud networking, performance, security, observability, and cost management-all powered by data insights and machine learning models with autonomous cloud networking to reduce complexity and risk. Cloud-forward enterprises, including F100, have adopted Prosimo to successfully roll out revenue-generating applications, improve operational efficiency, and accelerate positive business outcomes. Prosimo is venture-backed by marquee investors such as General Catalyst and WRVI Capital. For more information, visit https://www.prosimo.io.