Global Study: Cloud Migration Plans Surge Despite Security Concerns

Despite worries about cybersecurity, there has been a substantial increase in the number of organizations intending to migrate mission-critical applications to the cloud during the past year. It’s one of the most significant outcomes of an independent global study (Global Tech Trends Survey) just being released and commissioned by data center colocation provider Equinix.

The Equinix 2020-21 Global Tech Trends Survey (GTTS) is Equinix’s annual global study of the views of 2,600 IT decision-makers across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA.

In order to remain competitive and meet rising user expectations, a 15 percent rise to 37 percent of firms have stated that they aim to transfer business-critical apps to the cloud in 2020-21, compared to the previous year. Despite continued worries about cloud security, the GTTS study projects that over half (47%) of the world’s IT infrastructure is already in the cloud, as digital leaders create solid digital infrastructures to assure future success.

According to the GTTS report, 70% of respondents feel that moving to the cloud is a key priority, with 80% putting their attention on digitizing their IT infrastructure. With the potential of data leaks/cyberattacks resulting from growing cloud usage being seen as one of the top risks to companies in all three areas (52% AMER, 50% AP, 45% EMEA), this step is not being done lightly.

Other findings of note from this Global Tech Trends Survey include:

  • 80% of IT decision-makers said digitizing their IT infrastructure is a top priority, with 76% working to improve user experience
  • Almost half (48%) of respondents said they believe the threat of data leaks and cyberattacks as a result of cloud migration to be one of the biggest threats globally
  • 81% of digital leaders said they are prioritizing improving their organization’s cybersecurity – a significant increase from the 70% who said this in the 2019-20 edition of the survey

To read more about the Global Tech Trends Survey, or download a copy, visit Equinix’s website here.

“Shifts in population centers, the increasing occurrence of cyberattacks, rapidly expanding data volumes and compliance needs, the creation of business ecosystems, and the transformation to digital business, have been driving the need for a new approach to digital infrastructure,” said Jennifer Cooke, Research Director, Edge Strategies, IDC. “These market forces are driving IT leaders to consider the best strategies and prioritize inves

About the 2020-21 Global Tech Trends Survey (GTTS)

The independent study, commissioned by Equinix, surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers in diverse enterprises across the Americas (Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, U.S.), Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore) and EMEA (Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK). Survey respondents were selected for participation from Dynata’s online panel. The global survey was conducted online between December 17, 2020, and January 8, 2021.