Evolve IP Survey: Businesses Trust Private Cloud, Fear ‘Cloud Sprawl’

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An Evolve IP survey concludes that businesses and their IT departments trust cloud services and are looking for a single provider.

Evolve IP's Tim Allen

Evolve IP’s Tim Allen

The survey found that seven out of 10 executives would rather operate with a single cloud service provider rather than risk “cloud sprawl,” when using various disconnected services leads to a loss of oversight. Businesses used an average of four major services, according to the study.

“The rapid deployment of such a wide variety of cloud services has started to create chaos for IT and it somewhat offsets the benefits that are being realized,” said Tim Allen, Evolve IP’s chief sales and marketing officer  “What we see in the survey results, along with what we hear in our conversations with customers and prospects, is that business executives and IT leaders want to stop cloud sprawl before it gets out of hand and firm up a unifying strategy. As a result, these businesses are seeking organizations that are capable of deploying multiple cloud services and acting as a partner instead of a one-off provider.”

Evolve IP surveyed 1,500 people, a mix of IT professionals and business executives. Although respondents were leery of having too many cloud providers, most held cloud computing in high regard. Nine out of 10 respondents said they plan to add cloud services during the next three years.

The majority of the respondents said they believe their data is most safe in a private cloud. It was the top choice of nearly half (49 percent) of respondents in the case of a hardware malfunction; more than half (51 percent) in the case of a malicious attack, and almost half (49 percent) in the case of an environmental disaster. Public cloud was the second choice for environmental disasters and hardware malfunctions, but users picked on-premises as the second best choice during malicious attacks.

The survey also questioned respondents about networking. Although nearly one-third (32 percent) called network costs a pain point, approximately half  “were unfamiliar” with software-defined wide area networking. One in 10 of the respondents has experience with SD-WAN. The study also found that 48 percent of respondents expect budget increases this year.

Lorna Garey recently wrote a summary of the latest security report from ISC(2), which showed that confidence is lacking for many IT professionals when it comes to protecting data.

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