40 Percent of Cloud and SaaS Network Operators to Implement Closed-loop Automation in the Next 12 Months, and 70 Percent Within 24 — According to Latest Research
Menlo Park, CA — March 11, 2019 — The efficiency, dynamism, and rapid service delivery of today’s cloud titans is the envy of world business, but new research reveals that the same technologies are being eagerly embraced by cloud services, webscale enterprises and SaaS cloud network operators.
The research report Cloud Network Automation Trends, released today by Futuriom, focuses on the interest in and uptake of cloud network automation technologies. It provides a detailed analysis of cloud networking goals and challenges, and the technological components best suited for network automation. The research is based on interviews with director level data center professionals from 91 cloud, webscale enterprise, and SaaS network operators across the U.S., China, and the UK – three regions where data center infrastructure is being deployed most aggressively. Read the latest Futuriom report on Cloud Network Automation trends and the findings from The Futuriom Networking Automation Survey.
The study shows overwhelming commitment to network automation: a dominant majority (70 percent) of the cloud and SaaS network operators plan to implement closed-loop automation within the next 24 months. Forty percent plan to implement it within a year. The key drivers are increased revenue and improved network security, followed by greater support for dynamic and on-demand services. Cost savings are secondary and automated fault resolution was identified as a critical driver for reducing operating costs.
A resounding 93 percent of those surveyed reckoned networking telemetry, monitoring and analytics as important for network automation, with half of them naming Intent-Based Networking among the top three enabling technologies.
“These results are very much in line with our own customer feedback” commented Michael Wood, Chief Marketing Officer & VP of Product, Apstra. “Giants like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and LinkedIn have raised the bar on operational efficiency, and now other cloud providers are urgently looking for ways to bring their own efficiency, performance and response times in line with the leaders.”
Asked how they are currently automating data center operations, the majority (57 percent) are using commercial automation software, compared with 52 percent using scripting and programming and 50 percent tools built in-house. As Michael Wood observed, “One of the things we often hear is that if an automation solution had been available out of the box 15 to 20 years ago, then at least half of these hyperscale providers would have used that instead of designing it themselves. In-house design means they end up effectively locked into their own solutions!”
Apstra will be hosting a webinar with Scott Raynovich, Founder and Chief Analyst of Futuriom on March 13. Raynovich will discuss his findings from the latest survey. The webinar will focus on unique survey insights, trends, challenges and opportunities that the industry is experiencing and what solutions companies are considering that will address these demands.
Cloud Service Providers are in the midst of several important trends in requirements including faster service delivery expectations, increasing revenue mandates, and the need to improve network security for their data centers. The efficiency, dynamism, and rapid service delivery of today’s cloud titans is the envy of world business and new research reveals that the same technologies are being eagerly embraced by cloud services, webscale enterprises and SaaS cloud network operators.
Join Apstra and Scott on March 13 at 10:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm ET as they discuss the changing landscape for Cloud Service Providers.
Schedule to meet with Apstra CEO Mansour Karam and the Apstra team at OCP 2019 in Booth #B21 on March 14 – 15 in San Jose.
Attend Apstra’s upcoming session at OCP 2019 on March 15 to learn about Unlocking SONiC’s Potential for Intent-Based Data Centers: Three Easy Steps.
Apstra® Intent-Based Data Center Automation increases application availability and reliability, simplifies deployment and operations, and dramatically reduces costs for Enterprise, Cloud Service Provider, and Telco data centers. Apstra empowers Intent-Based Data Centers through its pioneering Intent-Based Networking, distributed system architecture, and vendor-agnostic overlay. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California and privately funded, Apstra is a Gartner Cool Vendor and Best of VMworld winner. For more information visit: apstra.com or follow us on twitter @ApstraInc.
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