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The cloud drives innovation, but leads to dangerous IT complexity

The cloud drives innovation, but leads to dangerous IT complexity

Research from Cisco AppDynamics shows that nearly half of large companies are developing their innovations with cloud-native technologies. The research team surveyed 1,140 IT professionals from companies with more than $500 million in annual revenue.

78 percent of respondents said they are storing metrics, events, logs and traces on hybrid cloud environments at a rate that cannot be caught up with manual work. Additionally, 83 percent said the rise of cloud computing is creating more complexity in their IT environments.


This increase in complexity increases the likelihood of successful cyber attacks, making observability a “strategic priority,” according to 85 percent of those surveyed. VMware also addressed the danger of this exact development today in announcing its new XDR add-on to monitor Kubernetes and containers.

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Concerns about IT environments vary. The most commonly held fears include increased attack surfaces due to new cloud services (42 percent), gaps in visibility into app replication performance (41 percent), balancing cloud costs and performance (39 percent) and increased complexity in microservices and containers (36 percent).

Hybrid cloud to stay, despite added stress

An overwhelming 92 percent of IT professionals surveyed believe hybrid cloud is here to stay. To prevent employees from leaving, investments in observability will be needed. Only by keeping security manageable will talent be retained. 36 percent think data silos and inadequate collaboration are already leading to departures at their companies.

Thus, it becomes clear that the IT world is in a transition phase. The cloud has now proven its added value, while the tools to monitor everything are still evolving. However, it is apparently leaving enough of a mark to lead to the exits of employees, who are scarce in the IT sector anyway.

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