Pluribus Networks Survey: Private Cloud is the Essential Start of the Public Cloud Journey

PALO ALTO, Calif. – November 2, 2016Pluribus Networks, the premier network fabric and analytics provider, today announced the results of a new survey confirming the critical importance of building private clouds as a precursor to effectively utilizing public cloud services. The specific relationship and positioning between these two has often eluded business managers and IT planners eager to transform their IT operations to become digital-centric, but are not exactly sure how to proceed. The company surveyed 134 IT professionals and business decision-makers attending VMworld 2016 U.S. and found that public and private clouds tied as the leading technologies that will impact their company the most in the future. The survey also found that while a majority of IT professionals are researching, piloting or deploying a number of new technologies, less than 15 percent believe their IT department is well equipped to meet the needs of businesses today.

Key Findings

  • When it comes to the technologies that IT professionals think will most impact their company over the next three years, public clouds and private clouds (software-defined infrastructure) are the clear leaders (each 43 percent). Virtual desktop infrastructure (41 percent) and converged infrastructure (30 percent) trailed behind.
  • Only 14 percent of respondents “strongly agreed” that their IT department was currently set up to meet the needs of the business, showing that there is a lot of uncertainty around what technologies will affect the future of IT.
  • When looking at the top nine new technologies in the IT space (server virtualization, cloud services, containers, software-defined networking, mobile/tablet computing, converged infrastructure, virtual desktop infrastructure, and big data and Hadoop), in practically every one, more than 50 percent of IT professionals said that they are either deploying the new technology or actively researching it. This means the majority of organizations are considering, piloting or deploying a wide range of the newest IT technologies.
  • Three times as many respondents claim that the network is a strategic investment, as opposed to a tactical one. While the network is clearly important to individuals, many feel it is more of a long-term investment, rather than a tactical need for today.
  • The message is clear, creating agile and visible private cloud networks that support their public cloud adoptions is a key success factor, with 49 percent saying visibility and monitoring is the most compelling attribute of SDN, followed by automation (45 percent) and simplified management (37 percent).

pluribus-networks-digital-transformation-survey“It turns out most IT organizations are looking for the roadmap to begin their digital transformation journey, and the discussion about wide-scale adoption of public cloud versus building a private cloud in-house becomes a major part of their investigation,” said Mark Harris, vice president of marketing at Pluribus Networks. “As their research progresses, they realize that each of these cloud approaches share one thing in common: they each offer the means to bring new business services online quickly and cost-effectively. They also realize that the hybrid mix of private and public cloud is a function of existing capacity and future needs. It is a pure business planning process.”

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Pluribus Networks provides fabric networking and analytics solutions that transform existing network infrastructures from being rigid, costly and complex, into a foundation for modern digital-centric businesses. Our Virtualization-Centric Fabric (VCF™) provides unprecedented insight, agility and security to create the industry’s only combined SDN and Network Performance Monitoring (NPM) offering. Find us on the web at and @pluribusnet.

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