Linode released surprising results of a survey designed to assess whether developers trust third-party cloud providers. ClearPath Strategies’ latest cloud survey revealed that while developers’ familiarity and comfort with Amazon, Microsoft, and Google positions the well-known providers as market frontrunners, developers often do not agree with their values.
Insights from more than 800 developers
ClearPath’s study gathered insights from more than 800 developers at small and mid-sized businesses (i.e., less than 500 full-time employees) in a wide variety of industries and geographies around the world. Blair Lyon, vice president of cloud experience at Linode said,
“It’s no secret that the extensive functionality and brand awareness of hyperscalers make them popular choices for developers, but their standing with SMBs weakens with respect to values. An alternative cloud provider like Linode can be a more trustworthy partner for innovative upstarts one that offers predictable pricing and doesn’t threaten or compete with their business. And when an alternative cloud provider such as Linode meets a developer’s functional needs, which is nearly always the case developers can have the best of both worlds: a provider they can trust to meet their needs and one that shares their values as well.”
The study found that although SMB developers voice trust in their provider of choice in general, a deeper examination of their values uncovers a trust issue when it comes to major cloud providers.
- The survey reveals that trust plays an important role in developers’ choice of a cloud hosting provider but needs take precedence. When prioritizing needs or values, developers report they prioritize needs over values 73% of the time.
- The Top 3 reasons cited for developers’ preference of their chosen third-party cloud provider: (1) security; (2) trust; and (3) quality of service.
- Survey respondents indicated hyperscale and alternative cloud providers deliver equally effective performance and security.
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