Prosimo, an application experience infrastructure company, announced its State of Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Report based on a survey conducted by Sapio Research of more than 400 IT leaders at U.S.-based organizations with more than 1,000 employees.
The report offers a comprehensive picture for enterprises transitioning to the cloud and multi-cloud, so they understand the challenges and are empowered to make informed decisions about cloud networking and security. The results show that while multi-cloud transit can improve network latency dramatically, the move to multi-cloud also introduces significant complexity and security challenges.
The report measures and compares application performance and network latency across major cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure from nearly 500 Points of Presence (PoPs).
The report looks at single cloud performance, multi-cloud and direct Internet connectivity. Multi-cloud is the clear performance winner. For user-to-app connectivity, multi-cloud was shown to reduce network latency across 45 percent more paths than single cloud alone, while improving performance by up to 55 percent per path, compared to network-centric connectivity like VPN and SD-WAN.
Other key findings from the 2021 Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Report include:
- Enterprises agree that outstanding application experience is key for business success – While 93 percent of organizations agree that application experience is important for the overall success of the business, roughly two-thirds (64 percent) find they are unable to offer the same level of experience to everyone, while nearly half (47 percent) report it is impossible to keep up with the diversity of the application and user landscape.
- The growing diversity of applications adds complexity – Different types of applications experience significant variations in performance, even when connecting over the same routes, within the same CSP. The report found the variance can be 15-80 percent across applications. Furthermore, modern applications have vastly different architecture and security requirements that impact performance, making it difficult for enterprises to monitor.
- Security and complexity remain critical challenges – Enterprises are more concerned than ever about the growing threat surface caused by cloud transformation and the decentralization of users, applications and data across the globe. To address this problem, many enterprises’ security teams have turned to VPNs or inserting security vendor SaaS services to enforce user and application security policies. However, inserting mid-mile SaaS infrastructure can slow performance — adding 28 times the latency, compared to a solution that eliminates mid-mile SaaS infrastructure and brings security closer to end users.
- Variance among routes and CSP make it difficult to select optimal transit route – The variance across key routes between CSPs can vary greatly, adding additional complexity. For example, the report finds that the latency from Singapore to the United Kingdom had a variance of 50MS+ between the three CSPs; and latency from Hong Kong to Australia had a variance of 20MS. This underscores the dynamic nature of cloud networks; the number of users, data volumes, connectivity options, routes and other factors can impact overall performance at any given time.
- To realize the promise of multi-cloud, enterprises need to simplify their infrastructure, while gaining visibility and control – While 94 percent of organizations are using tools to measure application experience, the report finds that enterprises lack comprehensive tools that allow them to measure user-to-app and app-to-app performance, across key routes, cloud providers and application types.
- The report comes on the heels of the 2021 Gartner Market Guide for Cloud Networking Software, which states, “a market is emerging to address ‘inside the cloud’ and multi-cloud networking challenges, as there are notable gaps from existing vendors. I&O leaders should look to cloud networking software products to address functionality gaps and improve operations within cloud and multi-cloud environments.”
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