U.K. Enterprises Look to Multi-Cloud Environments to Meet Customer Needs

ISG Provider Lens™ report finds about 70 percent of U.K. enterprises using more than one cloud provider.

Enterprises in the U.K. are realizing the power of cloud services and solutions to address customer needs, and many are using more than one cloud vendor to meet their business requirements, according to a new report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.

The 2019 ISG Provider Lens™ Public Cloud —Solutions & Service Partners U.K. Report finds about 70 percent of U.K. enterprises are focused on a multi-cloud strategy, with small and medium-sized businesses increasingly adopting cloud-native solutions.

Barry Matthews, partner and head of ISG U.K stated:

Cloud adoption in the U.K. is seen to be more cost effective, scalable, secure and flexible than legacy alternatives.” “Hyperscale cloud providers are investing and innovating to ensure their U.K. customers continue their cloud journeys to stay competitive in the European and global markets.”

The report sees U.K. enterprises embracing multi-cloud environments because each cloud provider has specific strengths related to vertical solutions, prices and other factors. Enterprises want to test how each cloud hyperscaler fits with their needs as they look for the right partner and not just a commodity service provider.

While U.K. businesses are interested in multi-cloud environments, the report sees some barriers to this setup, with orchestration a significant challenge. Customers are increasingly adopting various tools to manage the complexity of a multi-cloud setup, but many of the tools still lack maturity.

In addition, customers see potential barriers with vendor lock-in by the public cloud provider and a lack of interoperability between multiple public cloud providers.

The U.K. cloud market is also seeing major changes in the managed services partner ecosystem, the report finds. Some smaller service providers are gaining traction with their unique offerings focused on public cloud managed services for multi-cloud environments. Several of these smaller providers are being acquired by large system integrators as a way to either eliminate competition or to acquire a niche capability or client segment.

In addition, the report finds a growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service market in the U.K. Some U.K. businesses have been able to eliminate their depreciated hardware and move completely to the cloud. This is less of an option for larger organizations with heavy infrastructure investments, with many of them expected to continue maintaining hybrid IT and multi-cloud environments. However, with the need for organizations to enhance their data security, many enterprises have started to migrate their critical workloads to public cloud platforms.

The 2019 ISG Provider Lens Public Cloud —Solutions & Service Partners U.K. Report evaluates the capabilities of 54 providers across seven quadrants: Public Cloud Transformation Services, Managed Public Cloud Services, Managed Public Cloud Services for AWS, Managed Public Cloud Services for Azure, Managed Public Cloud Services for GCP, aPaaS — Application Development Platforms as a Service, and Iaas — (Hyperscale) Infrastructure as a Service.

Claranet are leaders in the Managed Public Cloud Services for Azure quadrant and appear in four other categories including “Rising Star” status for Managed Public Cloud Services and Managed Public Cloud Services for GCP.

The 2019 ISG Provider Lens Public Cloud —Solutions & Service Partners U.K. Report is available to ISG Insights™ subscribers or for one-time purchase on this webpage.