CIOs continue to complain that cloud delivers less than they hoped. Respondents to the 2023 Flexera State of the Cloud report estimate an average 18% cloud spend over budget. The same group calculates that 28% of their cloud investment is wasted.
Complexity is the major cause of this waste. Complexity in the deployment and operation of cloud networks adds time and cost. Building DIY networks in the cloud is challenging even with a single cloud provider. Adding multiple clouds, security and business continuity guardrails increases the challenge exponentially.
Complexity is unavoidable: 87% of enterprises already use multiple clouds and 72% use a mixture of public and private clouds.
While cloud makes it possible to build new applications faster than ever, the networks needed to connect them securely to customers and partner ecosystems are slow to deploy, costly to manage and difficult to adapt.
Even after they are successfully deployed, DIY cloud networks have complexity baked in, leading to ongoing operational challenges and higher costs.