Enterprises both in the U.S. and across Europe are facing growing pressure to embrace multi-cloud infrastructure. Though IDC research suggests multi-cloud environments will soon be the norm for European enterprises, we look for answers into why the current multi-cloud adoption rate is so low.

In her article “Enterprise readiness for multi-cloud adoption is low across Europe, suggests IDC research” on ComputerWeekly.com, Caroline Donnelly uses IDC research to suggest there is a disparity between the UK and their European counterparts in readiness shifting applications and workloads across multiple cloud providers. IDC surveyed over 600 business executives and IT leaders across Europe (including the UK) on their “readiness to adopt a multi-cloud IT consumption model” and just over a third of respondents said they have no plans to move their applications and workloads from their current cloud provider. UK respondents, however, revealed 29% are plotting such a move.

So what’s the worry amongst European enterprises?

The IDC’s research seems to suggest “a high level of uncertainty within enterprises about how best to pursue a mix and match strategy to sourcing and consuming cloud services from multiple providers.” Even with their concerns, Giorgio Nebuloni, research director for European multi-cloud Infrastructure at IDC, said “virtually all European enterprises will soon use multiple cloud services. The smart ones are already actively planning for those services to be benchmarked, price-compared and selected against each other based on the workload need.”

The IDC’s research also foreshadows a need for enterprises to manage and operate a mix of infrastructure, platform, and software as a service models across private and multiple public clouds. It seems (at least in the present) failure to create a strategy that enables this will be bad for business.

One of the major risks of not transitioning to a multi-cloud environment, both across Europe and the United States, is vendor lock-in. As Microsoft, Google, and Amazon are increasingly entering new markets, companies should be wary about being reliant on a single cloud provider and possibly being put in the position of delivering financial support to a vendor that could be taking business from them.

Implementing a multi-cloud strategy allows for more advantageous contract negotiating and access to best-of-class cloud technologies and services available from every and any cloud technology provider. Access to multi-cloud services creates an opportunity to innovate in ways and with speeds that have previously been impossible, and this is vitally important to company success.

At DivvyCloud, we help customers embrace multi-cloud by providing guardrails for security, compliance, and governance across AWS, Azure, GCP, VMware, and OpenStack. With our multi-cloud platform, developers have the freedom to choose which clouds are best suited to their company’s needs without IT having to develop policy automation and compliance solutions for each cloud.

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Read Caroline Donnelly’s article: “Enterprise readiness for multi-cloud adoption is low across Europe, suggests IDC research.”