Enterprises planning widespread deployment of multi-cloud IT architectures in 2015

A survey of more than 650 IT decision makers in Australia, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, North America, and Singapore found that the vast majority (77 percent) plan to implement multi-cloud architectures in the coming year. In Singapore alone, 64% indicated plans to deploy to multiple clouds.

The survey, released by Equinix, also shows these same decision makers are seeking interconnected colocation data center environments because they offer direct connections to multiple cloud providers for increased security, reliability and performance.

“What surprised us about this survey is how quickly multi-cloud strategies are becoming the norm worldwide,” said Ihab Tarazi, Chief Technology Officer, Equinix. “Businesses have discovered that collocation provides a meaningful ROI for WAN optimization and it is clear that multi cloud deployment will improve the ROI even more.”

Survey respondents indicate they plan to deploy multiple, geographically dispersed clouds in 2015, and 74 percent are budgeting for a multi-cloud migration strategy. Over the next 12 months, a significant number (91% globally, 94% in Singapore)) of business applications such as storage/backup, disaster recovery and business intelligence, among others, will be deployed to the cloud, and many of those workloads with third-party colocation providers (45%).

A key challenge associated with moving business applications into the cloud is security, with 85 percent of respondents listing it as their top concern, followed by performance and reliability. The majority of respondents indicate that direct connections to the cloud – those that bypass the public internet – are highly valuable with improved security being the top attribute associated with directly connecting to cloud services.

Interconnected Data Centers Critical to Multi-Cloud Deployments

The survey results underscore that interconnection – either high-bandwidth interconnection to other customers or via direct connect to cloud services – is key to realizing the promise of the cloud, as stated by 87% of respondents (83% in Singapore).

In a multi-cloud architecture, enterprises must have the seamless ability to privately and securely connect multiple clouds across multiple sites using multiple forms of access. For enterprises using cloud services, an interconnected cloud environment provides the security, performance and choice required for IT decision makers to confidently rely on the cloud for mission critical business.

For cloud service providers, it provides the fastest route to cloud revenue by rapidly connecting business partners and customers while creating higher-performance, more differentiated service offerings.

Eighty-five percent of global respondents also indicate that direct connections to cloud providers are highly valued; security being the top attribute associated with direct connections.

In Singapore, 86% indicate that direct connections to cloud providers are strongly valued; security is the top attribute associated with direct connections to cloud providers.

A majority or 74 percent of global participants (69% in Singapore) expect a larger budget in 2015 for cloud services.