An EMA and BlueCat report on how collaboration in cloud and networking teams can mitigate the challenges companies face in achieving the full benefits of the cloud.
Cloud computing is becoming more and more popular every day. However, as companies accelerate cloud adoption, only 28% are considered fully successful with the benefits of their investments in the cloud. Why is that?
New research by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), in collaboration with BlueCat, is trying to discover the causes of these problems and fix them.
Research shows that networking is a key point: success depends on an organization’s ability to integrate its traditional cloud equipment and network infrastructure at all levels (design, deployment, and operation).
Organizations need to achieve networking in hybrid cloud environments. For example, a DNS or IP address the number can add years to the chronology of a multimillion-dollar project. This report explores why this partnership is so critical, the consequences of failed alliances, and the best practices of the most successful companies that IT executives can implement.
The findings of this research are based on a survey of 212 network and cloud professionals conducted in March 2021 by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and BlueCat Networks.
Networking is essential for companies to unlock the full potential of the cloud
The report identifies that 28% of companies identified as highly successful cloud adopters have twice the chances of integrating cloud and network equipment at all levels; more than half of the companies barely follow this good practice.
Cloud computing is more likely to consider a unified approach to cloud networking and report on the success of cloud adoption than network computing. This suggests that not everyone sees all of the problems arising from proper cloud adoption efforts.
Why cloud and network collaboration is essential
73% of companies surveyed have experienced security or compliance issues over the past year due to insufficient collaboration; These include security-related downtime (39%), compliance violations (33%), data leakage (26%), and financial losses (22%).
89% of companies surveyed also experienced an IT operations problem due to collaboration failures (poor performance of cloud applications as the most common problem) (43%), as well as requests for IT operations. change (37%) and significant downtime (36 percent).
Finally, 82% of companies experienced business-level problems related to collaboration issues. These include end-user productivity loss (35%), costs exceeded (33%), customer loyalty challenges (29%), and technical talent retention issues (28%).
These statistics further confirm that companies earn the most value from their cloud investments by unifying the cloud and networks.
Shamus McGillicuddy, senior analyst and vice president of research at EMA, says, “Industry leaders need to recognize that the networking team offers intrinsic value to a cloud adoption initiative. Doing things right at the beginning can save millions of dollars and years in project time. ”
Four steps to establishing better network and cloud team partnerships
1) Make collaboration a C-level initiative:
While only 34% of research participants believed that executive leadership is doing an excellent job of driving better collaboration in networked and cloud-based teams, highly successful companies were nearly twice as successful. of chances of saying so (58%). The report shows that the two teams frequently have conflicting goals that prevent them from working well together, which only favors the point that executives need to bring them together.
2) Make sure the network team is an equal partner at the table:
88% of cloud and network professionals agree that the network team should have visibility and provide information in cloud design. Network teams provide processes and knowledge about stability, while cloud computing offers a more flexible and open perspective. IT leaders need to bet on methods / procedures that allow both groups to understand what is happening in the hybrid cloud environment. Currently, only 28% of cloud and network professionals believe they have adequate visibility into the changes made to cloud networks. Successful organizations are twice as likely to be satisfied with their visibility (57%).
3) Unify and modernize DDI, security and compliance in all areas:
Network and cloud teams should move to unify their tools and practices for designing, building, and operating hybrid cloud networks. Although only 40% completely unify IP address space management, almost all unsuccessful cloud adopters as part of this research keep IP space management at least partially silenced. Silent management of critical services such as DNS and IP space management is a bad strategy and can cause security issues.
4) Make sure both teams are trained on all the necessary skills:
IT executives need to close the competency differences between their two teams. IT executives need to close the competency differences between their two teams. Cloud computers have a limited understanding of the network and network equipment is not up to date with the tools and solutions used by cloud equipment. Checking skills gaps through training and access to network and cloud equipment to the technologies and tools used by their peers in each silo: the top priority is learning from cloud providers network functions and services.
Before IT executives lean too much into the cloud, they need to make sure their home is in order and fix any malfunctions between the cloud and network equipment. A number of factors undermined the collaboration between these teams. With this, IT executives should start empowering network teams as equal partners in the cloud journey.