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    August 31, 2023

    Survey Finds Using Multiple Cloud Automation Solutions Reduces Compliance and Creates Operational Challenges Leading to Consolidation Trend

    Consolidation Demands Give Rise to the Role of Cloud Architect

    SAN JOSE, Calif., August 31, 2023 – Broadcom (NASDAQ: AVGO) announced today the findings of a new research survey examining cloud automation.  The findings show 81 percent of organizations today employ more than one cloud automation solution. However, according to the report Why companies lose efficiency and compliance with cloud automation solutions, this practice creates significant challenges that are resulting in delays and added costs for businesses. Not surprisingly, the research found the majority of companies have consolidation efforts underway, a trend that has nurtured an important emerging role in the IT organization, that of Cloud Architect.

    “The modern IT organization is highly complex with multiple cloud platforms, environments, and cloud automation solutions. These 'islands of automation' have become a big challenge.” said, Aline Gerew, Head of Automation Agile Operations Division, Broadcom. “These survey findings demonstrate a growing need to abstract the complexity from hybrid cloud automation processes and provide a single view of all automation processes.”

    Chaos in the cloud

    As businesses’ reliance on cloud has increased, so has the need for various cloud automation tools to help manage cloud workloads. And with many companies utilizing several cloud platforms, it’s not surprising they also use multiple automation tools. In fact, 81 percent of companies use more than one cloud automation solution, many of which are cloud native. These tools are also deployed in numerous environments – public clouds, on-premises, and SaaS based solutions, which makes coordinated automation a challenge.

    Seventy percent of those surveyed reported that using multiple cloud automation tools has created significant challenges. Among the biggest issues are increasing the time to automate (59%), time to report (52%), and time to remediate automation problems (52%). Nearly half of respondents indicated compliance is more difficult. Using multiple automation solutions also adds costs, makes trouble shooting more difficult, and delays delivery.

    Consolidation is complex

    Given the many challenges of using multiple cloud automation solutions, it is not surprising that 78 percent of respondents’ companies have consolidation plans underway. However, the process is not simple and requires careful planning to ensure the remaining cloud automation tools can support multiple different environments. Additionally, companies continue to utilize various approaches when moving existing application functionality to the cloud including SaaS (57%), lift and shift (56%), cloud native replacements (46%), and refactoring (41%).

    These diverse platform and functionality needs drive a long list of requirements for cloud automation tool selection with 62 percent citing operational costs as the most important factor followed by performance (53%), and operational efficiency (49%). Other criteria include supported environments, ease of use, and advanced features such as dashboards, analytics, and SLAs.

    Rise of the cloud architect

    An interesting outcome of the trend toward consolidation is the growing role of the Cloud Architect. This role is tasked with addressing the challenges of too many cloud automation tools and leading the work to find a single solution that meets the diverse platform and functional needs of the organization. The survey found 67 percent of companies currently have a cloud architect on staff with another 33 percent planning to hire one. The Cloud Architect has broad reach, influencing numerous automation projects across various teams within the organization including IT, development, and security.

    To learn more about the survey findings, download the full report here.


    Methodology:

    IT, cloud, and deployment professionals at companies of all sizes representing all seniority levels were invited to participate in a survey on their company’s cloud automation practices.     The survey was administered electronically by a third party, and participants were offered a token compensation for their participation. A total of 535 qualified participants from five continents completed the global survey.

    About Broadcom

    Broadcom Inc. (NASDAQ: AVGO) is a global technology leader that designs, develops and
    supplies a broad range of semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions. Broadcom’s
    category-leading product portfolio serves critical markets including data center, networking,
    enterprise software, broadband, wireless, storage and industrial. Our solutions include data center networking and storage, enterprise, mainframe, and cyber security software focused on
    automation, monitoring and security, smartphone components, telecoms, and factory automation. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.

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    Media Contact:
    Erica Askew
    erica@guyergroup.com

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