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Report: UK Businesses Increasingly Use Multiple Cloud Providers

Written by Phil Oakley, Site Editor, Informa Tech

UK Businesses Increasingly Use Multiple Cloud Providers

UK businesses are moving towards multi-cloud models as they attempt to meet increasingly complex business requirements and reduce their overall costs, a report from Information Services Group (ISG) has found.

As using the cloud is (at least in theory) cheaper than running legacy enterprise IT systems, many UK businesses have transitioned (or are transitioning to) the cloud to meet their compute, storage, communications and service testing needs. The report states that many companies are now using two or more public cloud providers, rather than just one, giving them greater flexibility with regards to costs and services and improving their efficiency.  (See Match Multi-Cloud Workloads to Specific Cloud Types to Maximize Apps' Value.)

"This new, complex, multi-cloud, multi-skilled approach is now the standard in business and a key trend driving enterprise organizations," noted Barry Matthews, partner and head of ISG in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Nordics, in a press release announcing the report, which evaluated 72 cloud services players serving the UK enterprise market. 

Many UK businesses are adopting multi-cloud models, according to the ISG report.

However, due to a lack of expertise and resources, many medium-sized UK businesses are unable to operate multi-cloud environments themselves, the report found, and are turning to managed service providers (MSPs) to develop their cloud strategies. 

The report -- the "ISG Provider Lens Cloud Transformation/Operation Services & XaaS Report for the UK" -- split the market into six sectors: Public Cloud Transformation; Managed Public Cloud Services; iPaaS -- Integration Platforms; aPaaS -- Application Development Platforms; IaaS -- Enterprise Cloud; and IaaS -- Public Cloud Hyperscaler. 

IBM is identified as a "Leader" in four of the six sectors, while Atos, HCL and Microsoft are named a Leader in three. Accenture, Capgemini, Claranet, DXC, Fujitsu, Infosys, TCS and Wipro are Leaders in two sectors. 

Other UK cloud service providers cited in the report include Adaptris, BT (a Leader in one quadrant), Claranet (a Leader in two quadrants), Codeless Platforms, ECS Europe, ElasticHosts, ExcelRedstone, iomart, Redcentric and UKCloud. 

The report also noted a continuing contraction in the hyperscale  infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market, as most cloud service providers are developing products based on the platforms provided by the "big three" public cloud providers -- Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services (AWS). According to Gartner, AWS has been the market leader in IaaS public cloud solutions for more than a decade, but Google and Microsoft are slowly making headway, gaining more market share.