NetApp surveys 750 European IT leaders about cloud adoption, security, General Data Protection Regulation
Schiphol, the Netherlands — March 16, 2017 — NetApp today announced the results of its first industry research on cloud adoption in Europe. The responses of 750 CIOs and IT managers in France, Germany and the UK identified hybrid cloud as the most common adoption – over half of all respondents in each country indicate they are using a combination of private and public cloud (69% in Germany; 61% in France; 58% in the UK).
More than half of the survey base also named security as a primary reason for adopting cloud, showing that trust in cloud providers continues to advance. Storage and backup ranked as the top use cases for cloud in all countries surveyed.
Detailed survey findings include:
“IT leaders look to the cloud to boost innovation. We believe that they should focus on three things to be successful, and these are choice, control and agility,” said Martin Warren, Cloud Solutions marketing manager, EMEA, at NetApp. “Enterprises need to be able to choose which workloads belong in the cloud and choose the best partners to move them across a hybrid landscape. They need to have visibility into cost, performance and data placement to make informed business and regulatory decisions across the full data lifecycle. And they want to harness every advantage of cloud economics – from new ideas to concepts to production. We have strong solutions and strategies to deliver all of this.”
Olaf Fischer, managing director, Claranet Germany, added, “The survey results show that partnerships are key to bringing cloud services to the end customer. Our role within this is clearly defined – enterprises request a wide variety of services delivered at the highest level with maximum security. At the same time, the pace of innovation is rapid. With a hybrid cloud based on NetApp Private Storage, we open the door to next-generation data services that give customers full insight into data location, public cloud integration, and strong compliance.”
“Our conversations with customers underline the findings,” said Gregg Mearing, head of Managed Services at Node4. “Any enterprise consistently seeks to optimize its cost structures. But flexibility is just as important. Frankly, our customers don’t want to be locked in on premises and they don’t want to be locked into a public cloud. The NetApp Data Fabric is an elegant solution for this and gives the ability to switch between public clouds as needed. At the same time, there is 100% integration with our managed services portfolio, all virtually without CAPEX investment.”
NetApp delivers a Data Fabric to optimize the value of data in the cloud, whether customers run an on-premises IT environment that’s poised for cloud capabilities, or are already using the hybrid cloud, or are fully committed to a public cloud infrastructure.
NetApp’s survey of 750 IT decision makers across the UK, France and Germany was conducted by Opinion Matters in December 2016.