New EMA Research Examines the Steps Being Taken to Improve Visibility and Performance of Cloud Deployments

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Building on past research, EMA considers whether cloud benefits are being fully realized

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When it comes to cloud, despite pre-deployment testing, performance issues persist in production environments.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today released its latest research report titled, “Optimizing the Network for Reliable Application Delivery Across the Cloud.” Based on research criteria defined by Tracy Corbo, principal research analyst of network management at EMA, this new study looks at what types of workloads are being placed in the various cloud deployment models, examines how performance issues are being dealt with, and considers whether cloud benefits are being fully realized.

EMA research has documented strong and growing interest in cloud deployment models. While private cloud received the earliest attention, stronger adoption is now happening with public and hybrid models. In the EMA April 2014 report, “Managing Networks in the Age of Cloud, SDN, and Big Data: Network Management Megatrends 2014,” over 50% of respondents reported public/hybrid cloud initiatives were driving network management priorities. Comparing the results from the Megatrends 2012 study to 2014, cloud projects have moved from early-adopter status to mainstream business initiatives, and their impact on network management has grown from 36% in 2012 to over 50% in 2014. However, cloud deployments are not without their challenges. The EMA Network Management Megatrends 2014 study revealed that 75% of the companies that had deployed in the cloud reported difficulty with monitoring and troubleshooting their cloud deployment. Cloud represents a new infrastructure paradigm, rendering traditional monitoring, control, and optimization methods less effective, or even completely ineffective.

Some of the key findings in this study include:

  • Cloud suffers from same monitoring, performance, and manageability concerns as traditional deployments.
  • Traditional optimization technologies remain relevant, but next gen cloud-based solutions are making headway.
  • There’s no “one size fits all” optimization solution.

“When it comes to cloud, despite pre-deployment testing, performance issues persist in production environments. A combination of virtual, traditional, and cloud optimization solutions, however, are working for now,” said Corbo.

The EMA “Optimizing the Network for Reliable Application Delivery Across the Cloud” Research Report is available online.

For an overview of key highlights from this new research, register for the July 16, 2015 webinar.

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