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A global survey has revealed that attitudes about cloud networking are indeed evolving.

Barracuda, a provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today released key findings from a report entitled Cloud networks: Shifting into hyperdrive. 

The company commissioned the survey to assess the attitudes of global IT decision about public cloud, access constraints, security concerns, emerging solutions, and related topics. 

The survey was conducted by independent market researcher Censuswide. It is based on responses from 800 executives, individual contributors, and team managers with responsibility for their organization’s cloud infrastructure.

Censuswide collected the responses from organizations of various sizes in EMEA and the US. They also covered a broad range of industries, including construction, education, finance, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, retail, transportation, and others.

Gaining confidence in the Cloud even as they face challenges

The principle findings of the survey indicate that although IT professionals are gaining confidence in the cloud, organizations face growing constraints when it comes to cloud access. 

Highlights from the report include:IT professionals are gaining confidence in the cloud. More than three-quarters of respondents use multiple cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Nonetheless, organizations face growing constraints when it comes to cloud access. 56% of respondents are struggling to achieve “always-on” access to cloud applications. Nearly 70% experience latency and performance issues running SaaS workloads, such as Office 365.

Cost factors are playing a role

Current network infrastructure is growing increasingly costly. More than 70% of respondents are using traditional access methods, such as MPLS, in their organization’s network. More than 60% say their MPLS costs increase heavily due to seasonal workload peaks.  

IT professionals are looking for easier and more economical connectivity. More than 70% of respondents have plans to implement an SD-WAN solution in the next 12 months to address cloud-connectivity issues. 

At the same time, nearly 60% say their organization is hesitant to adopt an SD-WAN solution because of fears that they are complex and expensive.

Klaus Gheri, VP, Network Security, Barracuda, summarised the results. “As organizations continue to radically transform their infrastructures and rely more on the public cloud, they are uncovering new connectivity and security challenges,” he said.

“But by embracing highly-flexible secure access service edge (SASE) solutions, organizations of all sizes and types can improve connectivity, simplify management, and strengthen security.”