A recent survey found that for managing public cloud workloads, 65% of companies plan to partially outsource management to a third-party, and 70% want a single vendor to manage all IT infrastructure. The survey of 100 IT decision makers and influencers in large and midsize US companies showed the strong connection between the use of public cloud infrastructure and managed cloud services.
The Digital Fortress 2015 MSP and Cloud Infrastructure Survey key findings include:
Key findings include:
- When looking for IT infrastructure providers, participants prioritized security the most, followed by availability, network bandwidth, reliability, support and on-site staff being available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- 87% of participants have workloads in the cloud.
- The benefits of managed infrastructure, valued most by end users is an increase in uptime and availability (49%). The next most valued benefit was improving application performance (27%), followed by scaling for peak traffic (24%) and helping IT strategize around important business needs (24%).
- 86% of respondents have workloads in the cloud and in datacenters.
- 48% of respondents have a private cloud deployment, while 25% have public cloud.
- Looking toward the next five years, 39% of participants expect to move more workloads to public cloud.
- 5% of respondents said they will outsource all of their cloud workload management.
The research should be encouraging for managed service providers (MSPs) working to grow their customer base and revenue. However, as consumption for managed cloud infrastructure grows so too does the need for MSPs to not just manage their own infrastructure, but also other clouds. Why? Companies want a single provider to manage workloads in public cloud – but that doesn’t mean they are planning to use just one cloud.
One way MSPs can differentiate themselves is by offering centralized access to multiple clouds. Plus, give ease of access to move workloads between these clouds. This workload portability becomes key to a MSPs ability to own a market. Different clouds may have different attributes that can satisfy the top requirement identified by the survey and allow cloud service providers to provide value added services.
Flexiant Concerto makes this possible for MSPs. Through one simple UI, MSPs can give their customers access to not only their infrastructure, but also other cloud providers like AWS or Digital Ocean. With its auto-scaling features, Flexiant Concerto also allows MSPs to meet the needs of end users wanting increased app performance and meet peak traffic needs.
Learn more about Flexiant Concerto and how it can meet your needs of differentiating against other MSPs.