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Multicloud deployments top enterprise priorities for 2020
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

The 2020 State of the Cloud report from Flexera finds that multicloud deployments remain the enterprise networking strategy du jour this year, even if (or, perhaps specifically because) COVID-19 has thrown previous transformation plans off course.

The report found that 93 percent of companies have a strategy to use multiple providers – specifically Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform – in an attempt to avoid lock-in with a single service and to best serve a diverse array of enterprise user needs.

More than 500 enterprise respondents participated in the survey, with 53 percent claiming to be advanced cloud users already.

While the motivations behind the rush to cloud and the choice of providers vary, there is consensus around who the go-to cloud offerings are on the market: AWS, Azure and Google, with Google’s cloud experiencing the largest annual jump in users of any provider.

That said, most enterprises seem to be mixing and matching their cloud providers based upon immediate needs, user groups, and business forecasts, which have understandably been tricky to predict given the current state of things.

Some highlights from the report include:

  • Sixty-five percent of organizations are using Docker for containers with 58 percent using Kubernetes as their orchestration platform.
  • Container-as-a-service offerings from AWS, Azure and Google are all growing rapidly year-over-year.
  • Enterprises say they are lacking in resources and expertise to deal with container challenges.
  • More than 50 percent of enterprise workloads and data are expected to be in the public cloud within 12 months.

Additionally, 33 percent of teams are using tools that are specifically designed to help navigate multicloud environments to execute this strategy. Considering multicloud is on the radar for the majority of enterprises, the vast majority of teams on this transformation path are going to need to seek new solutions that grant them vendor-agnostic visibility into all network environments they’re bringing into the fold.

Flexera also found at least half of companies are accelerating their cloud plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic and move to remote work. In fact, 59 percent of enterprises say cloud usage will exceed prior plans due to the pandemic.

Of course, social distancing orders have accelerated many cloud initiatives while pushing other tech transformations to the backburner to better help facilitate a fully-remote workforce. When teams are forced to change course rapidly and without a clear contingency plan, network performance visibility becomes critical so that teams can react to any mistakes or roadblocks in real time to minimize the impact on end users.

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