Multi-cloud adding new challenges: report

Multi-cloud is giving CIOs headaches according to a new report, which found that application experience is suffering as a result of companies increasingly using more than one pubic cloud in conjunction with a private cloud infrastructure.

The survey, conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of New York based application experience specialist Kemp Technologies, confirms that multi-cloud is fast becoming the standard for business with 84 percent of CIOs surveyed expecting multi-cloud will make up to half of their hosting environment in the next three years – up from an average of less than 30 percent today.

But the report – based on a survey of 150 companies across Australia, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong – also found that as more critical applications migrate to the public cloud, the ability to achieve visibility and control is becoming crucial to maintaining resilience and availability as well as ensuring the optimum application experience.

“The migration of applications into public cloud environments or across multiple clouds can enable better application experience, control and flexibility when paired with load balancing infrastructure,” says Tony Sandberg, Kemp APAC regional director.

IT teams are predicting a more complex environment deploying applications in the cloud and are expressing a clear need to simplify deployment, get better management and control of those applications. Speed, agility, scalability, and automation are now the top requirements for these load balancers.

“Deployment of load balancing on a per-application basis that matches exact requirements will become more common to achieve the speed and agility required today,” the report says.

“Where load balancers were once configured and left to run for months or even years at a time, IT teams today are looking to automation to help build and deploy load balancers in desired states more frequently, ensuring applications can be scaled up and down, migrated to and from different clouds and to address failover scenarios.”

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