Hybrid cloud adoption dominates

NetApp has surveyed 750 European IT leaders about cloud adoption, security and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The responses from France, Germany and the UK identified hybrid cloud as the most common adoption, with over half of all respondents in each country indicated they are using a combination of private and public cloud (69% in Germany; 61% in France; 58% in the UK).

More than half of the survey base also named security as a primary reason for adopting cloud, showing that trust in cloud providers continues to advance. Storage and backup ranked as the top use cases for cloud in all countries surveyed.

Respondents in all three countries prefer the hybrid cloud. But they rely on different types of partners. Local service providers are the preferred hybrid cloud partner – as stated by a combined 26% of base respondents in Germany, France, and the UK.

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Other options like hyperscalers (18%) and larger cloud service providers or global system integrators (17%) are less popular. Only 3% of all respondents claim they are not using any cloud services or are only planning to them. These ‘cloud sceptics’ are not linked to a specific company size, industry vertical, or cloud strategy.

Security and the cloud go together well. Over half of the base respondents – 56% – said that security is a primary motivation for cloud adoption.

Germany, France, and the UK consistently place it in the top three cloud adoption motivations. This is evidence that trusting cloud providers with data is not perceived to be a security risk, an indication of further cloud adoption.

All three countries also put flexibility (55%) and cost savings (54%) high on the list. Ease of use is a primary motivator in France (61%) and the UK (50%), but not as much in Germany (46%) where data protection is mentioned more often (53%).

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Storage and backup are top workloads in the cloud – but there are many more. In the UK, 56% mentioned file storage, 51% said database, around 40% listed each analytics, disaster recovery, and SaaS.

In Germany, file storage was number three (60%), database number four (57%), followed by disaster recovery (50%) and SaaS (45%). In France, database (56%) and file storage (53%) are number three and four.

Other options like remote working, collaboration tools, analytics, SaaS and disaster recovery were used by 40% or less of French respondents. Document control as the least popular cloud workload in all countries.

Data regulation remains a challenge. While many respondents are confident they have “some”, “good”, or “full” understanding of the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into effect on 25 May 2018, there are a number that admit they “don’t know what GDPR is”: 10% in the UK, 9% in France, 8% in Germany.

>See also: UK cloud adoption rate reaches 88% – Cloud Industry Forum

“IT leaders look to the cloud to boost innovation. We believe that they should focus on three things to be successful, and these are choice, control and agility,” said Martin Warren, cloud solutions marketing manager, EMEA, at NetApp.

“Enterprises need to be able to choose which workloads belong in the cloud and choose the best partners to move them across a hybrid landscape. They need to have visibility into cost, performance and data placement to make informed business and regulatory decisions across the full data lifecycle. And they want to harness every advantage of cloud economics – from new ideas to concepts to production. We have strong solutions and strategies to deliver all of this.”

Olaf Fischer, managing director, Claranet Germany, added, “The survey results show that partnerships are key to bringing cloud services to the end customer. Our role within this is clearly defined – enterprises request a wide variety of services delivered at the highest level with maximum security. At the same time, the pace of innovation is rapid. With a hybrid cloud based on NetApp Private Storage, we open the door to next-generation data services that give customers full insight into data location, public cloud integration, and strong compliance.”

“Our conversations with customers underline the findings,” said Gregg Mearing, head of managed services at Node4. “Any enterprise consistently seeks to optimize its cost structures. But flexibility is just as important. Frankly, our customers don’t want to be locked in on premises and they don’t want to be locked into a public cloud. The NetApp Data Fabric is an elegant solution for this and gives the ability to switch between public clouds as needed. At the same time, there is 100% integration with our managed services portfolio, all virtually without CAPEX investment.”

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...