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US SMB and Midmarket Orchestration and Integration trends

Techaisle latest research US SMB & Midmarket Orchestration, Automation & Integration trends shows that roughly two-thirds of midmarket firms are using or planning to use hybrid cloud and nearly 90% of midmarket firms using/planning to use hybrid consider orchestration tools to be “critical” or “very important”.

In today’s multi-platform world, orchestration, automation and integration are non-optional components of a functioning IT environment. The number of possible connections between systems and data sources expand logarithmically with each new platform; as IT workloads migrate (or are born) in new cloud, hosted, virtual or conventional systems, IT managers need to establish processes for connecting, balancing and optimizing systems that aren’t bottlenecked by requirements for operator intervention.

Despite the clear and immediate requirement for orchestration, automation and integration, there is little current and reliable data available on adoption and usage trends, especially within the small and midmarket business segment. To address this gap, Techaisle conducted a survey of 1,076 US-based SMBs, quota sampled to ensure statistically-reliable representation for two small business segments (20-49 and 50-99) and three midmarket segments (100-249, 250-499, 500-999). By applying attitudinal segmentation within each e-size category, capturing information on current cloud and digitalization status and probing for orchestration and automation plans and activities, Techaisle is able to deliver a unique perspective on the current state and directions of orchestration and automation within the US SMB & Midmarket.

Research presented in the report, which addresses the general topic of IT orchestration, is focused on three major issues:

  • Cloud workload orchestration: orchestrating workloads and associated processes across hybrid environments
  • Cloud application/data orchestration and integration: SMB requirements for services supporting hybrid business applications/processes
  • Supplier requirements, gaps and opportunities: market feedback and Techaisle evaluation of the offerings that will position suppliers as orchestration leaders in the SMB segment

Highlights from the findings presented in this report include:

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US SMB and Midmarket Hybrid Cloud penetration likely to jump by over 100 percent

Techaisle SMB & midmarket cloud adoption survey shows that if US businesses follow-through with their plans for adopting hybrid cloud or for that matter, different types of cloud, then hybrid cloud penetration will have the highest jump within the SMBs, by over 100 percent while the Enterprise segment is likely to see a huge jump in public cloud adoption.

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However, it is not a “gimme”. While it can be said that a hybrid model for IT service delivery is the reality for most organizations, it can also be said that smaller business may find reliance on public cloud services a simpler option. This is because hybrid IT, or hybrid cloud environments, are also the most complex to manage: while legacy systems, processes and thinking may inhibit cloud adoption, different business segments that are increasingly involved in procurement decisions may opt for siloed cloud application delivery without regard for the organization’s broader technical or overall process goals. And use of hybrid cloud will continue to increase as both a conscious strategy and as a reaction to use of both public and private resources within a single infrastructure.

A surprising outcome from the above chart is the decision trend of enterprise customers to embrace public cloud as the enterprise segment is finally finding that public cloud offers various benefits such as IT cost reduction, increased agility in business operations, increased scalability and flexibility. Public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud approaches each offer unique business benefits to the adopting organization. While public services can deliver rapid scale for temporary workloads or support smaller businesses that find appeal in OPEX procurement models, private cloud can deliver scale at better cost in some circumstances, while hybrid cloud offers better, faster access to formerly siloed sources of information.

Another view of the data collected in the surveys provides fascinating insight into the extent that cloud users are willing to align different delivery methods with internal requirements. When responses are taken from the small, mid-market and enterprise respondents and graphed in terms of cloud delivery method usage, Techaisle finds that there are pockets of demand (and overlap in these pockets) that exist for public, private and hybrid models in each market segment.

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Techaisle study shows SMBs accelerating commitment to Cloud

In today’s SMB market, it is critical for vendors to build detailed understanding of the small and midmarket segments, and to align resources and strategies with requirements as SMBs move from initial experimentation with sophisticated solutions towards mass-market adoption.

In its latest study, Techaisle analyzes 1,116 survey responses to provide the insight needed to build and execute on cloud solution strategies for the small and midmarket customer segments. Techaisle’s deep understanding of SMB IT and business requirements enables vendors to understand the ‘why’ and ‘when’ of solution adoption, current and planned approaches to solution use, the benefits that drive user investments, and key issues in aligning with buyers and building and intercepting demand.

Highlights of findings presented in the report include:

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Microsoft Azure is becoming Cloud platform of choice

Techaisle’s detailed survey on Hybrid Cloud Adoption trends covering small, midmarket and enterprise firms shows that although Amazon AWS has established its initial presence within the US businesses, Microsoft Azure is quickly becoming the cloud platform of choice.

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Microsoft Azure, a public cloud computing platform, is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that includes analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web. Microsoft Azure initially focused strictly on PaaS but has now entered into IaaS market and launched a technical preview of Azure Stack, a platform designed to allow business to deploy an on-premise private cloud and manage a hybrid cloud environment. Microsoft Azure offers Hyper­-V-­virtualized multi-tenant compute with multi-tenant storage along with many additional IaaS and PaaS capabilities, including object storage and a CDN, Azure Marketplace which offers various third party software and services and Azure ExpressRoute that meets the colocation needs of various small and medium businesses.

The respondents for the survey were CIOs, CSOs, CTOs, VP of IT, Director of IT, Senior manager of IT as well as key business decision makers responsible or influential in adopting cloud platforms within their organizations.

Businesses cited many different reasons as to why Microsoft Azure is becoming a platform of choice.

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