Asia Pacific firms see strong benefits of adopting multi-cloud strategies

Grant Orchard, Field CTO, Asia Pacific and Japan at HashiCorp

HashiCorp, Inc., a provider of multi-cloud infrastructure automation software, released its 2022 State of Cloud Strategy Survey showing strong business impacts from using multi-cloud infrastructure and emphasis on centralised cloud platform teams to help deliver results.

This year’s survey shows the growing prevalence of multi-cloud, and how firms are benefiting from a multi-cloud strategy, as they apply a common cloud operating model to realise value from the cloud. Results highlight that cloud security, skills gaps, siloed teams, and inconsistent workflows are among the common challenges hindering multi-cloud operations.

What is the landscape of multi-cloud adoption in APAC?

According to the HashiCorp’s survey results, multi-cloud is now the de facto standard for infrastructure among Enterprises, with the leading drivers for this cloud adoption strategy being reliability, digital transformation, scalability, and security and governance. However, organisations are still struggling with operational complexity in multi-cloud environments.

Firms say they are implementing centralised functions, like a cloud platform team or Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE), which are responsible for key tasks, including standardising cloud services, creating best practices and operational policies, and centralising security.

Nearly all APAC respondents said their firm has incurred avoidable cloud spend, and 9 in 10 firms said they surpassed their annual projected cloud spend. Factors that contribute to avoidable cloud spend were idle or underused resources, overprovisioning of resources, lack of needed skills, or manual containerisation. 4% said they don’t have avoidable cloud spend.

What were key insights of the survey?

Key findings in Asia Pacific (APAC):

  • 84% choose multi-cloud: 46% of respondents are already using multi-cloud infrastructures, with an additional 38% saying they will be within the next 12 months.
  • 93% say multi-cloud is working: Out of those who have already adopted the approach, the vast majority say it is helping their firm advance or achieve their business goals.
  • 87% rely on cloud platform teams: Organisations have identified the need for a centralised group such as a cloud platform team or Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) to operationalise their cloud efforts with common practices across their organisation.
  • 96% are overspending in the cloud: Almost all of the survey respondents noted avoidable cloud spend. Top reasons for this overspending included idle or underused resources, overprovisioned resources, and a lack of needed skills.
  • Skills shortages ranks as the top multi-cloud barrier: Respondents noted skills shortages are exacerbating security risks, driving avoidable cloud spend, and hindering the organisation’s ability to operationalise multi-cloud.

What were the executive’s thoughts on the study?

“As multi-cloud adoption continues to mature in APAC, we see this reflected in this year’s survey and the generational shift that cloud represents for technology, organisational design, and delivery process,” said Grant Orchard, Field CTO, Asia Pacific and Japan, HashiCorp.

“Organisations benefiting from multi-cloud nearly doubled from last year, and the majority of organisations now have a centralised cloud team. This centralised expertise enables them to operationalise at scale and benefit from their cloud strategies. Not surprisingly, we saw skills shortages move to the top of the list of cloud blockers, reinforcing the need for cloud platform teams and infrastructure and security automation tools,” Orchard further said.