June 16, 2021

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Research Commissioned by Prosimo Finds Multi-Cloud Backbone Improves Application Experience Globally But Increases Complexity

Written By Mehul Patel

Key Findings:

  • Enterprises agree that outstanding application experience is key for business success
  • 64% find they are unable to offer the same level of experience to everyone, while nearly half (47%) report it is impossible to keep up with the diversity of the application and user landscape
  • For user-to-app connectivity, multi-cloud reduces latency across 45% more paths than single cloud alone, while improving performance by up to 55% for each path when compared to network-centric forms of connectivity like VPN and SD-WAN
  • App diversity impacts performance - the variance can be 15-80% across applications, even when the same application is accessed from different regions
  • Multi-cloud introduces new challenges, most importantly complexity and security

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- June 14, 2021 -- Prosimo, the Application Experience Infrastructure company, today announced its first State of Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Report based on a survey conducted by Sapio Research of more than 400 IT leaders at US-based organizations with more than 1000 employees. The report offers a comprehensive picture for enterprises transitioning to the cloud and multi-cloud so that they understand the challenges and are empowered to make informed decisions about Cloud Networking and Security. The results show that while multi-cloud transit can dramatically improve network latency, the move to multi-cloud also introduces significant complexity and security challenges.

The report is the first to measure and compare application performance and network latency across major cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure from nearly 500 Points of Presence (PoPs). The report looks at single cloud performance, multi-cloud and direct Internet connectivity. Multi-cloud is the clear performance winner: for user-to-app connectivity, multi-cloud was shown to reduce network latency across 45% more paths than single cloud alone, while improving performance by up to 55% per path, compared to network-centric connectivity like VPN and SD-WAN.

Other key findings from the 2021 Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Report include:

  • Enterprises agree that outstanding application experience is key for business success

While 93% of organizations agree that application experience is important for the overall success of the business, roughly two-thirds (64%) find they are unable to offer the same level of experience to everyone, while nearly half (47%) report it is impossible to keep up with the diversity of the application and user landscape.

  • The growing diversity of applications adds complexity

Different types of applications experience significant variations in performance, even when connecting over the same routes, within the same CSP. Our report found that the variance can be 15-80% across applications. Furthermore modern applications have vastly different architecture and security requirements that impact performance, making it difficult for enterprises to monitor.

  • Security and complexity remain critical challenges

Enterprises are more concerned than ever about the growing threat surface caused by cloud transformation and the decentralization of users, applications and data across the globe. To address this problem, many enterprise security teams have turned to VPNs or inserting security vendor SaaS services to enforce user and application security policies. However, inserting mid-mile SaaS infrastructure can significantly slow performance — adding 28x the latency, compared to a solution that eliminates mid-mile SaaS infrastructure and brings security closer to end users.

  • Variance among routes and CSP make it difficult to select optimal transit route

The variance across key routes between CSPs can vary greatly, adding additional complexity. For example, the report finds that the latency from Singapore to the UK had a variance of 50MS+ between the three CSP; and latency from Hong Kong to Australia had a variance of 20MS.  Moreover, this underscores the dynamic nature of cloud networks; the number of users, data volumes, connectivity options, routes and other factors can impact overall performance at any given time. 

  • To realize the promise of multi-cloud, enterprises need to simplify their infrastructure, while gaining visibility and control

While 94% of organizations are currently using tools to measure application experience, the report finds that enterprises lack comprehensive tools that allow them to measure user-to-app and app-to-app performance, across key routes, cloud providers and application types.

Download the AXIS Report-Summer 2021 - The state of enterprise multi-cloud infrastructure here

“Despite key challenges, multi-cloud remains a highly attractive strategy to enterprises who must deliver fast, secure and consistent application experiences across the globe,” said co-founder and CEO Ramesh Prabagaran. “Given the complexities involved, the organizations that succeed will develop a balanced approach — one that manages cost, security and performance. As a result, multi-cloud networking alone will not be enough; enterprises will require a strategy that combines multi-cloud networking, security, application performance and observability in one integrated stack.”

This report comes on the heels of the 2021 Gartner Market Guide for Cloud Networking Software, which states that “a market is emerging to address ‘inside the cloud’ and multi-cloud networking challenges, as there are notable gaps from existing vendors. I&O leaders should look to cloud networking software products to address functionality gaps and improve operations within the cloud and multi-cloud environments. [1]”

Prosimo is recognized as a Representative Vendor in Cloud Networking Software in the Gartner Market Guide for its Application eXperience Infrastructure (AXI) platform. Prosimo AXI delivers cloud networking, secure access application performance and observability in a vertically integrated stack that provides a single, end-to-end view of the application and the users who are accessing it. Moreover, AXI provides data on application performance as well as infrastructure insights needed to make recommendations about dynamically expanding or shrinking cloud points of presence and dynamically applying security frameworks according to customers’ needs. In addition to enabling enterprises to take advantage of the rich insights that the collapsed stack provides, AXI’s deep infrastructure-focused monitoring ensures that the infrastructure being used to serve applications remains cost-effective.

[1] Gartner, [Market Guide for Cloud Networking Software], [Andrew Lerner, Arun Chandrasekaran, Joe Skorupa and Jonathan Forest], [17 May 2021].

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