IDG Connect: Microservices Take off as Firms Battle Monolithic Restrictions

IT decision makers seek ways out to accelerate application and service development and business agility

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Over half of organizations across the US, UK, India and Israel plan to deploy microservices to improve their agility in the next 12 months, according to new research by IDG Connect on behalf of Iron.io, a leading provider of enterprise-grade job processing solutions. Microservices are software architectures where applications are broken down into small processes to increase performance and flexibility.

Fifty-five per cent of respondents to a global survey of about 100 IT decision makers said they planned to deploy microservices in the future, with 28 per cent stating their intent to do so in the next 12 months. A further 10 per cent said they were already using microservices.

Breaking the numbers down by region, the US is the most bullish on microservices with 45 per cent of respondents saying they plan to deploy microservices in the next year.

The use of containers is also viewed as a route to build applications. Almost one in five (18 per cent) have already deployed containers while 21 per cent plan to do so in the next 12 months and 37 per cent at some point in the future.

The report also found that 75 per cent of those polled said they felt their DevOps application and service delivery plans were being held back by difficulty managing multiple on- and off-premises IT architectures, thus hurting business agility. Monolithic architectures such as those based on large databases and legacy hardware were also found to be slowing down application development by more than half. Seventy-two per cent said outdated hardware, software and networking equipment was also cited as slowing down development. (63 per cent).

There is clear evidence that these frustrations are damaging innovation. Sixty-five per cent of organizations said they currently spent too much time “keeping the lights on”, that is, on maintenance.

One other major shift that is occurring is companies rapidly moving to hybrid cloud architectures with research suggesting there will be a leap form 38 per cent to 66 per cent of respondents saying they will be running in 12 months’ time.

“For a growing number of organizations, microservices is seen as a viable architecture for present and future requirements,” said Bob Johnson, IDG Connect principal analyst. “In an uncertain world, flexibility is a watchword and having the speed to address change head-on is crucial”.

Kris Bondi, Vice President, Marketing at Iron.io, said:

“IDG Connect’s findings underline the way that microservices are emerging as part of a more flexible IT architecture that fits the way the world is moving today. It’s about having information systems that will let you act quickly when times change and opportunity knocks. Smart companies are also looking at new ways to bring developers and operations together and to work around the old IT legacy slabs.”

To view the full report go to http://www.idgconnect.com/view_abstract/34891/reach-clouds-enhanced-application-service-innovation-needs-flexible-dynamic-cloud-architecture-support?source=connect

About the survey

The data points above come from a new report, conducted on behalf of Iron.io by IDG Connect, called Reach for the Clouds: Enhanced application and service innovation needs flexible, dynamic cloud architecture support. IDG Connect surveyed 100 IT decision makers from the US, UK, India and Israel, including CIOs, CTOs and CISOs and from a range of vertical sectors and company sizes form small businesses to large enterprises.

About Iron.io

Iron.io's job processing platform delivers and processes hundreds of millions of messages and tasks every day. Its microservices architecture, delivered via Docker containers, enables the world's most innovative companies to transform large data sets into job processing that drives their revenue. Its asynchronous workloads operate in public and private clouds, on-premises, or hybrid environments, meeting enterprise requirements for flexibility, control and security-friendly solutions. Iron.io is leveraged by some of the world's most exciting companies such as Turner, Twitter, HotelTonight, Untappd and Google. Learn more at www.iron.io or follow on Twitter @getiron.

About IDG Connect

IDG Connect is the demand generation division of International Data Group (IDG), one of the world’s largest technology media companies. Established in 2006, it utilizes access to 44 million business decision makers’ details to unite technology marketers with relevant targets from any country in the world. Committed to engaging a disparate global IT audience with truly localized messaging, IDG Connect also publishes market specific thought leadership papers on behalf of its clients, and produces research for B2B marketers worldwide.

Contacts

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Susan Lehman
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Bob Johnson
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Bob_Johnson@idgconnect.com

Contacts

Iron.io
Susan Lehman
Email Contact
510-599-6555
or
IDG Connect
Bob Johnson
Principal Analyst
Bob_Johnson@idgconnect.com