Cloud Management Consistency Can Reduce Security Breaches: Study

by | Jun 8, 2020

Cloud Security, data protection

It’s a norm for companies to use multiple clouds today, and many utilize the services of more than 10 clouds. But a multi-cloud approach also presents certain challenges. The Cloud Complexity Imperative report reveals that organizations who have a fragmented cloud environment have experienced 3.6 times more cloud-related security and availability incidents in the past 12 months. Interestingly, 27% respondents globally (APJ: 25%) believe that organisations with management consistency across clouds can reduce the number of security breaches, application outages, or other events affecting its public cloud-resident data by 26-50%.

Commissioned by Dell Technologies, VMware and Intel Corporation, the ESG research insights report on “The Cloud Complexity Imperative”, surveyed over 1,257 IT decision makers across 11 countries at enterprises and mid-market organizations using both public cloud infrastructure and operating a modern on-premises private cloud environment. The report focuses on benchmarking consistent operations management across both public cloud and modern on-premises private cloud infrastructure.

“Organizations are struggling with the complexity of multi-cloud environments, and fragmentation is only expected to increase over the period of time. Organisations see tremendous value in the concept of management simplification. Consolidation and simplification of complex multi-cloud environments will lead to cost saving, reduced security risk, accelerated innovation and overall business agility,” said Surajit Sen – Chief of Staff, Modern Data Centre – APJ, Dell Technologies. “For organizations struggling on their cloud journey, thoughtful analysis should be done to move towards a more consistent infrastructure management experience in order to simplify operations and drive cloud efficiency and effectiveness.”

Perceived Technical Value of Increased Cloud Management Consistency

The study reports that the respondents believed increased cloud management consistency could deliver critical technical improvements. Globally, around three-quarters of respondents claim that increased consistency will lead to faster application development, reduced security risk, and greater cloud agility. Furthermore, if organisations were able to consolidate the management tools they use to manage infrastructure across environments on-premises and in the public cloud:

  • 72% respondents in the APJ region believe that they would reduce risk & enhance security (Globally-74%)
  • 68% respondents in the APJ region believe that they would accelerate cloud onboarding and migrations (Globally-74%)
  • 70% respondents in the APJ region believe that they would accelerate application development (Globally-73%)

The APJ region includes India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.

According to the study, most respondents believed that if their management was able to increase cloud management consistency, it would save about 70.5 person hours per week (equivalent to nearly two full time employees).

Perceived Business Value of Increased Cloud Management Consistency 

Organisations believe that apart from providing technical benefits, it is equally important for cloud management capabilities to help in increasing and reaping more business centric benefits. When cloud management consistency is increased, IT operation teams will be able to free their time from mundane infrastructure tasks and will be able to collaborate with their line-of business counterparts. They will be able to extend their support on tasks like advancing analytics initiatives, rationalizing application portfolios, and even discussing the requirements of the next game-changing business application. Additionally, with increased cloud management consistency:

  • 73% respondents in the APJ region believe that they will improve collaboration between IT and line-of-business stakeholders (Globally-76%)
  • 72% respondents in the APJ region believe that they will increased pace of innovation/product development/service delivery (Globally-74%)
  • 72% respondents in the APJ region believe that they will reduce costs (Globally-69%)
  • 67% respondents in the APJ region believe that they will experience faster time to market (Globally-67%)

Consistent Cloud Management Is a Game Changer for Organizations on the Leading Edge 

Globally, around 5% of respondents had actually deployed strategies in order to increase cloud management consistency in their organisations and reportedly said that the scale of improvements that they had seen helped them in gaining better business outcomes and improved efficiency of their operations. While, 90% of organizations with consistent cloud management reported they have increased efficiency and simplified operations as a result.

38% of organisations with cloud management consistency report hybrid cloud initiatives have been very effective at driving value for the organizations compared with 27% of organizations without cloud management consistency. IT organizations with consistent cloud management operations are 3.4x more likely to be viewed as a competitive differentiator.


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Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He founded Digital Creed in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 29 years of journalism experience (since 1994). Brian is the former Editor of CHIP India, InformationWeek India and CISO Mag. He has served India's leading newspaper groups: The Times of India and The Indian Express. Presently, he serves the Information Security Media Group, as Sr. Director, Editorial. You'll find his most current work on CIO Inc. During his career he wrote (and continues to write) 5000+ technology articles. He conducted more than 450 industry interviews. Brian writes on aviation, drones, cybersecurity, tech startups, cloud, data center, AI/ML/Gen AI, IoT, Blockchain etc. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. He recently achieved a Certificate in Cybersecurity (CC) from the international certification body ISC2. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]
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