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Survey reveals organizations see the need to utilize more than one (1) public cloud service provider

By Richard Arneson

You could make a strong argument that in discussions surrounding the cloud, the word Hybrid gets bandied about more than Multicloud. But a recent survey conducted at an AWS (Amazon Web Services) user conference may have you begging to differ. The survey, which was conducted by an independent firm, discovered that organizations are using multicloud strategies far more than they’re utilizing a hybrid cloud model.

What may be a little confusing as it relates to the survey is its use of the word multicloud. Multicloud doesn’t exclude private clouds, which are, of course, a required element of a hybrid cloud. Multicloud simply means that more than one (1) cloud is being used; hybrid clouds combine both public and private clouds. But for purposes of this survey, multicloud was used to mean utilizing more than one (1) of the three (3) major cloud service providers.

The survey included over three hundred (300) executives and technicians, and it was administered to help AWS better understand their cloud adoption rates and customers’ challenges related to their service. What leapt to the forefront, however, was that almost sixty percent (60%) of respondents operated a multi cloud vendor architecture. In other words, in addition to using AWS, they also utilized cloud services from competitors Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Cloud users, the survey uncovered, utilize a hybrid cloud model far less than multicloud by a significant margin–almost twenty-five (25) percentage points less, or approximately thirty-three percent (33%).

While ninety-seven percent (97%) of survey respondents use AWS for cloud management (unsure why it wasn’t a hundred percent (100%) at an AWS user conference), thirty-five percent (35%) also use Azure, and twenty-four percent (24%) use Google Cloud..

Other takeaways

Almost ninety percent (90%) of respondents use multiple tools to gain visibility into their cloud applications, and thirty-five percent (35%) use three (3) or more. And respondents’ biggest cloud management challenges? Thirty percent (30%) listed cost management and twenty-two percent (22%) cited security.

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