Scalr 2018 Enterprise Cloud Management Landscape Survey Reveals Insights about Multi-Cloud Adoption, Management and Concerns

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Finds Disaster Recovery as Primary Driver, Big Focus on User Security, and Accelerated Use of Cloud Management Platforms

Cloud Management Platform Adoption, Scalr 2018 Enterprise Cloud Management Landscape Report

Over 75 percent of enterprises are either currently using or evaluating a Cloud Management Platform (CMP). 35 percent indicated they already have a CMP in place, and 40 percent are actively evaluating cloud management solutions, showing a clear acceleration of the cloud management market.

Scalr, a global pioneer in complex hybrid cloud management, today announced the results of its 2018 Enterprise Cloud Management Landscape Survey. The survey, which queried more than 500 IT leaders solely at large enterprises, uncovered new insights about multi-cloud adoption, management and concerns related to cost, security, automation and self-service. The survey was conducted by VIB, an independent, third-party research firm.

The survey results are available in the Scalr 2018 Enterprise Cloud Management Landscape Report, available here.

“It’s no secret that enterprises have turned to cloud to innovate faster. We wanted to dive deeper to see how they’re using different cloud platforms and dealing with the complexities that come from multi-cloud environments,” said Sebastian Stadil, Founder and CEO of Scalr. “As the Scalr survey indicates, as more businesses use a variety of cloud platforms in enterprise-wide environments, challenges that were able to be addressed during the initial wave of niche cloud deployments, like security, are again top concerns in this emerging ‘Cloud 2.0’ world. The vast majority of enterprises are looking to cloud management platforms to provide the flexibility needed for innovation along with the policies needed for security and cost control.”

Scalr 2018 Enterprise Cloud Management Report Highlights

  • Cloud Management Platforms are Key to Enterprise Multi-Cloud Strategy; Adoption is Accelerating

Over 75 percent of enterprises are either currently using or evaluating a Cloud Management Platform (CMP) to balance the complex needs of multiple enterprise groups and create secure, cost-effective cloud environments. 35 percent indicated they already have a CMP in place, and 40 percent are actively evaluating cloud management solutions, showing a clear acceleration of the cloud management market.    

  • User Security is the Leading Cloud Concern

Security stood out as the main concern for enterprises adopting cloud, with 62 percent ranking it as the number one concern. Cost concerns came in second, and were followed by automation/orchestration and self-service. Within security, respondents placed the most importance on user security (e.g., role-based access control, permissions), relative to compliance and workload security, likely because user security is often at the root cause of issues.

  • Multi-Cloud Adoption is Driven by Disaster Recovery and Test/Dev

50 percent of enterprises ranked disaster recovery as the top reason for implementing multiple clouds, with having a secondary platform for test/dev coming in as a close second at 46 percent. More than one-third (36 percent) noted federation of IT, e.g., extending self-service to teams without sacrificing policy-based controls, as a main driver.

  • Microsoft Azure Most Likely to Be Used for Both Development & Production

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the most popular cloud platform, with 25.9 percent of enterprises using it compared to 23.9 percent for Microsoft Azure and 20.9 percent for VMware. However, Microsoft Azure users are more likely than AWS and VMware users to leverage those platforms for both development and production environments. 88 percent of enterprise Azure users use it for both, followed by 73 percent for VMware and 72 percent for AWS.

  • Hybrid Cloud is On the Rise

83 percent of respondents are focusing on a hybrid cloud strategy, composed of multiple private and public clouds. Hybrid cloud is already deployed at 32 percent of enterprises, whereas another 17 percent are about to deploy and 27 percent are evaluating doing so.

About Scalr
Scalr provides unparalleled flexibility and control in complex hybrid cloud environments, making it easy for enterprises to achieve cost-effective, automated and standardized application deployments. Scalr Enterprise-Grade Cloud Management Platform uses a unique hierarchical, top-down approach to policy enforcement that empowers administrators to find the balance between the needs of finance, security, IT and development teams. Leading global organizations, including Samsung, Expedia, NASA JPL, Gannett and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, rely on Scalr to accelerate and protect their cloud-based operations. http://www.scalr.com Follow us @scalr

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