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The push for cloud modernization via Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds continue to accelerate. However, the relatively scarce talent and cloud platform knowledge required to build, scale, and optimize AWS environments makes it challenging for many organizations to achieve their cloud goals — or at least as quickly and cost-effectively as they do. want. To fill the required gaps in AWS expertise, 68% of organizations using AWS say they plan to become dependent on cloud-managed or professional services in the next 12 months alone, according to a new report from 451 Research (part of S&P Market Intelligence) commissioned by Mission Cloud Services† The report surveyed 950 North American organizations using AWS.
The report highlights AWS’s role as a cloud provider fundamental to the success of many companies. Fifty-nine percent of respondents say they use AWS to increase the speed and agility of application launches, the main driver for organizational selection of AWS. Other key factors include AWS’ wide range of cloud services (a driver for 48% of organizations using AWS), number of regions and availability zones supported (44%) and AWS’ utility pricing model (41%).
However, when it comes to the AWS Challenges that organizations seek external AWS expertise and services to alleviate, 41% of respondents cited cloud performance optimization and costs, 39% cited building cloud-native applications, and 38% reported struggling with migrations from legacy infrastructure to AWS . Other cloud modernization goals likely to continue accelerating, such as AI/ML initiatives on AWS and deploying data lakes, were also identified as challenges.
Surprisingly, the report shows that organizations that describe themselves as advanced users of Amazon Web Services are, in fact, even more driven to rely on cloud-managed and professional services. Of those who run more than 80% of their workloads on AWS, 79% plan to rely more on cloud-managed services in the next 12 months. Those who identify as “early adopters of technology” show the same eagerness, with 79% of respondents looking to increase their reliance on outside AWS help.
Read the full report by 451 Research.
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