Confidence grows in public cloud despite security fears, says Barracuda study

Global survey of 800 IT chiefs uncovers evolving attitudes about cloud networking, with 56% of respondents struggling to ensure seamless availability and “always-on” access to cloud applications for their organisations.

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 20 January 2021 14:06

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Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today released key findings from a report titled Cloud networks: Shifting into hyperdrive.

Commissioned by Barracuda, the research surveyed global IT decision makers to capture their attitudes and opinions about public cloud, access constraints, security concerns, emerging solutions, and a variety of related topics.

The survey, conducted by independent market researcher Censuswide, includes responses from 800 executives, individual contributors, and team managers with responsibility for their organisation’s cloud infrastructure.

They came from organisations of all sizes in EMEA, APAC and the US, across a broad range of industries, including construction, education, finance, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, retail, transportation, and others.

Overall, the findings indicate that although IT professionals are gaining confidence in the cloud, organizations face growing constraints when it comes to cloud access.

A key report finding was that IT professionals are gaining confidence in the cloud. More than three-quarters of respondents use multiple cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Nearly 80% say their organisation has deployed an Azure-based network. Organizations face growing constraints when it comes to cloud access with 56% of respondents are struggling to ensure seamless availability and “always-on” access to cloud applications for their organisations.

Nearly 70% experience latency and performance issues running SaaS workloads, such as Office 365.

Current network infrastructure is growing increasingly costly. More than 70% of respondents are using traditional access methods, such as MPLS, in their organisation's network. More than 60% say their MPLS costs increase heavily due to seasonal workload peaks.

The results also revealed that IT professionals are looking for easier and more economical connectivity. More than 70% of respondents have plans to implement an SD-WAN solution in the next 12 months to address cloud-connectivity issues. At the same time, nearly 60% say their organization is hesitant to adopt an SD-WAN solution because of fears that they are complex and expensive.

Klaus Gheri, VP, Network Security, Barracuda told The Commentator, “As organisations continue to radically transform their infrastructures and rely more on the public cloud, they are uncovering new connectivity and security challenges,” “But by embracing highly-flexible secure access service edge (SASE) solutions, organisations of all sizes and types can improve connectivity, simplify management, and strengthen security.”

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