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Most businesses struggling to optimize public cloud

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Businesses everywhere are becoming increasingly confident in the public cloud (opens in new tab) and are using it more than ever before. However, they are still struggling to optimize its performance, often unable to ensure seamless availability and always-on access.

This is according to a new report from Barracuda, based on a poll of 800 global IT decision makers, which claims that almost four in five businesses have already deployed an Azure-based network, while three in four use multiple cloud providers (AWS, Google Cloud etc.)

But growing usage also means growing pains in some cases. More than half struggle to ensure seamless availability and always-on access to cloud applications (opens in new tab), while 70 percent often experience latency and performance issues in SaaS environments such as Office 365.

The report also claims that current infrastructure grows more expensive by the minute. Almost three quarters use traditional access methods, such as MPLS, with almost two thirds (60 percent) claiming their MPLS costs increase “heavily” during seasonal workload peaks.

To tackle these challenges, Barracuda claims, businesses are turning towards SD-WAN, despite fears surrounding price and complexity. Almost three in four (70 percent) are considering implementing SD-WAN this year, while 60 percent hesitate, fearing complex implementation and mounting costs.

“As organizations continue to radically transform their infrastructures and rely more on the public cloud, they are uncovering new connectivity and security challenges,” said Klaus Gheri, VP, Network Security, Barracuda.

“But by embracing highly-flexible secure access service edge (SASE) solutions, organizations of all sizes and types can improve connectivity, simplify management, and strengthen security.”

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.