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Multi-cloud services a growing channel opportunity

Multi-cloud services a growing channel opportunity

Almost two-thirds (64%) of large UK organisations see their use of multi-cloud services increasing over the next two years, yet only a quarter (23%) describe their journey as “plain sailing”.

This shows “clear opportunities” for the channel in supporting customers, as the complexity of planning, implementing and managing multi-cloud environments “become ever greater”, says European-headquartered cloud service provider OVHcloud.

The CSP, which continues to expand its partner programme, commissioned cloud research among over 500 IT decision makers at companies employing between 200 and 700 staff.

David Devine, partner programme manager at OVHcloud, said: “Four-out-of-five [80%] organisations are either actively using or transitioning to multi-cloud environments, but the political and technical complexity, not to mention the skills required for this transition, bring enormous potential for the channel.

“By growing their cloud services, partners can provide invaluable experience and value to customers, helping to tame their multi-cloud environments.”

When it comes to the challenges of multi-cloud, security (31%) and technical complexity (27%) were rated as the most pressing concerns, with only one-in-twenty (5%) seeing no challenges or risks at all associated with using multi-cloud environments.

Amongst the primary perceived benefits are enhanced flexibility (51%) and reduced organisational risk (39%), with companies able to spread their IT estate across best-of-breed infrastructure for the workloads in question, and reducing their reliance on any one single provider.