Now, more than ever, forward-thinking organizations are actively pursuing solutions that will address application delivery in a multi-cloud world. Simply put, they are hoping to find a better approach that ensures that apps, regardless of where they reside, are simply and reliably delivered to users—when, where, and how they need them.
The sad part is that the rise of these multi-cloud environments—which companies developed to meet the needs of their distributed users—is what’s actually creating the problems related to application delivery. Across the board, IT teams are reporting challenges like:
• Disjointed app delivery
• Sub-par app performance
• Lack of predictability
• Complex, piecemeal processes that are required
• An overall lack of preparedness (for dealing with multiple environments)
• Elevated security risks
That’s why, to better understand these challenges and needs with respect to app delivery in distributed environments, IDC surveyed 900 global organizations to get their thoughts on this rapidly growing topic.
As expected, hybrid and multi-cloud environments are pervasive and growing—over 72 percent of respondents have a mix of on-prem and off-prem clouds. Why are they moving in this direction? Survey respondents stated the need to accommodate existing and new apps, to gain organizational agility, to ensure apps reside in optimized environments, and to protect against cloud lock-in.
But before achieving these goals, it’s apparent that organizations must first update their current network or reassess their network infrastructure. In fact, 79 percent of respondents said their doing just that in hopes of creating a unified application delivery strategy that bridges the gap between traditional and modern application architectures.
What are the benefits of a unified application delivery strategy?
For many organizations, they believe that a holistic approach will deliver:
• Increased IT efficiency
• Reduced risk from security breaches and gaps
• More availability for IT staff to focus on more strategic initiatives
• Lower resource and development costs
• Better overall security and compliance
Overall, a unified app delivery strategy is an attractive goal for any size organization. But as the IDC study revealed, you must first be able to manage the obstacles in getting there.
So what are your app delivery plans for the future? Before you act, check out the results of the IDC study and see where you stand in relation to your peers. Get your copy now.