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Cavirin Aligns to Kleiner Perkins Internet Trends: The Cloud

Last week, Mary Meeker and her team at Kleiner Perkins published their yearly internet opus.  For those keeping track, it is now at 355 slides!  Though much of it focuses on the continuing evolution of commerce, media and gaming, as well as China and India, there are some excellent nuggets on the cloud security.  Her analysis plays well into Cavirin’s strategy and product direction.

We live in an increasingly multi-cloud world.  Amazon with AWS got off to an early start, but Microsoft’s Azure, by virtue of its strong enterprise footprint, is gaining ground quickly.  Whereas companies leveraging AWS remained constant at 57% between 2016 and 2017, Azure use grew from 20% to 34%.   And not to be dismissed is the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), growing from 10% to 15% and benefitting from strong enterprise focus as evidenced at this year’s Google Next conference. Beyond this baseline, AWS will experience even greater competition in the future, as only 27% of organizations who don’t currently use AWS are experimenting with or planning to use the platform in the future.   This grows to 33% for Azure and 30% for GCP.   Cavirin natively supports the three major cloud service providers (CSPs), and delivers consistent analysis between these and any on-premise deployments.


Three reasons for multi-cloud adoption include services supported, cost leverage, and resiliency. Each year, Gartner releases a report on the 200 features that an enterprise is likely to request, and in 2016, AWS supported 92% of those deemed required. Azure was 2nd at 88%, and Google 3rd at 70%. However, this is expected to change in 2017, in the same way that Azure was only at 75% in 2014.  Much has also been written about AWS cost surprises, and analyst firms all state that an enterprise will have better leverage by engaging multiple CSPs, now that they offer the necessary footprint and service automation.  Finally, AWS has experienced several widely-publicized outages, and tools now exist for the effective deployment of an enterprise’s applications over multiple providers. In fact, an article just yesterday in NYT's Dealbook, "Fear of a Monopoly Will Help Amazon's Cloud Rivals," addressed some of these very points.

In parallel with multi-cloud adoption, the report cited the leading concerns regarding cloud migration.  Between 2012 and 2015, data security dropped from 42% to 35%.  Though still in the lead, this decrease reflects and increased understanding by the enterprise and better communication by the CSPs as to what is termed the ‘Shared Responsibility Model.’ In the same period, compliance/governance grew to 2nd place from 21% to 27%, expected as more enterprises move critical and compliant workloads to the cloud. Cavirin directly helps address these concerns. For example, not only does the platform support the basic AWS hardening benchmarks, but for PCI, it supports the AWS PCI DSS Quick Start.  In 3rd place is fear of lock-in, growing from 7% to 22%.  This most directly relates to the earlier points on cost leverage and resiliency, reflecting movement (or desired movement) to a multi-cloud architecture.

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