Cloud Computing Hits Inflection Point
February 28, 2022
Software released its latest research report,
Hitting a Wall in a Multi-Cloud, Multi-Tool World.
CloudBolt Industry Insights (CII) studies examine industry sentiment in
specific dimensions of hybrid cloud/multi-cloud. This report, which represents
the largest sample size of all CII studies to date, aims to uncover unmet cloud
needs that hinder cloud innovation. The report is based on responses from over
500 senior IT, DevOps, SecOps, and FinOps leaders from around the world, and was
conducted on the Pulse research platform, a Gartner-owned research subsidiary.
The responses from this global audience revealed compelling evidence that
multi-tool, multi-cloud environments have reached the limits of their efficacy –
79% said they are hitting a wall using their existing tools and platforms. These
limitations are caused by too many groups across an enterprise using too many
different tools and clouds, with 80% struggling to achieve comprehensive
visibility into cloud usage and spend. Further complicating matters, these
disparate tools and preferences are spread across islands of automation, which
in turn create security vulnerabilities.
In order to leap over this wall and shed these limitations, a whopping 88% say
they need a “manager of managers” – an overarching solution to bridge the siloes,
unify the overall multi-cloud/multi-tool strategy, and actively govern
everything from a single place.
The key reasons why enterprise leaders almost unanimously agree that an
overarching solution is needed include:
Sprawl – 78% of respondents said they have too many cloud tools throughout
their enterprise. These tools are spread across siloed teams that make
unilateral choices and employ their own approaches, with little alignment and
reuse of what works across the enterprise.
Security – 4 out of 5 respondents said their current cloud approaches have
created new security vulnerabilities that put their companies at further risk,
ranging from Zombie VMs and unsecured workloads to shadow IT.
Cost – 78% initially said they believed they had achieved cost savings using
cloud versus their on-premises data centers. However, when pressed further,
almost the same number (80%) said they actually struggle to achieve
comprehensive visibility into costs and spend across all tools, resources, and
clouds. A lack of visibility across a highly complex multi-tool, multi-cloud
architecture almost ensures that companies don’t know what cloud is costing – or
how to optimize it. This correlates with recent research released by Andreesen
Horowitz that showed cloud has actually been more costly than most companies
acknowledge—the combination of hard costs, valuation cost, and opportunity cost,
can actually be twice as much as the company was spending on their on-premises
A Manager of Managers
the largest margin of any answer to any question in this survey, 88% of
respondents agreed that in order to realize the full value of cloud, what is
needed is an overarching solution that interconnects all of the various
platforms, tools, and clouds, and provides clear visibility and governance
across all of it.
“Our latest CII report reveals the growing chasm between what enterprises need
in the new cloud order and what their current platforms and tools can provide,”
said CloudBolt CEO Jeff Kukowski. “What got multi-cloud, multi-tool enterprises
to their current state will not get them to the next level as they seek to
further automate and accelerate digital transformation. What’s needed is a
flexible, overarching framework that can connect all the disparateness,
rationalize it, provide real visibility across everything, and govern with
protective policies that don’t restrict innovation. Enterprises at the forefront
of the cloud race already realize this; they are embracing this new reality and
extending their lead as a result.”