The State of Application Delivery in 2017

F5 surveyed enterprise IT professionals around the globe to learn how they’re approaching the cloud, security, DevOps, and automation and orchestration in today’s application landscape.

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We surveyed 2,197 respondents around the globe.

INDUSTRY

18% Technology15% Financial Services15% Telecom/Cloud Service Provider15% Other12% Manufacturing/Construction11% Government/Public9% Education5% Healthcare

ROLE

40% Infrastructure/Network Engineer24% C-Level Executive, IT Director/VP19% Security Manager, Engineer, Architect13% Application Developer, Architect, Manager4% Cloud Architect/DevOps

INDUSTRY

18% Technology15% Financial Services15% Telecom/Cloud Service Provider15% Other12% Manufacturing/Construction11% Government/Public9% Education5% Healthcare

ROLE

40% Infrastructure/Network Engineer24% C-Level Executive, IT Director/VP19% Security Manager, Engineer, Architect13% Application Developer, Architect, Manager4% Cloud Architect/DevOps

NO APP IS AN ISLAND

As pressure mounts to deliver
applications faster, smarter, and more
securely, organizations must deploy
critical application services.

As pressure mounts to deliver applications faster, smarter, and more securely, organizations must deploy critical application services.

Security has risen to the top of the list of app services organizations would not deploy an application without.

2016

33%

32%

AVAILABILITY
SECURITY

2017

33%

39%

AVAILABILITY
SECURITY

Q: What is the average number of app services companies will deploy in 2017?

A: Actually, the average organization will deploy 

17

 app services this year.

Q: What is the average number of app services companies will deploy in 2017?

A: Correct! The average organization will deploy 

17

 app services this year.

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These are the top 5 app services businesses have deployed today:

83%

NETWORK FIREWALL

83%

ANTIVIRUS

78%

SSL VPN

72%

LOAD BALANCING

72%

SPAM MITIGATION

NEW ENVIRONMENTS,
NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Organizations are using multi-cloud
environments to their advantage.

Organizations are using multi-cloud environments to their advantage.

Respondents identified these three cloud operating models as strategically important:

PRIVATE CLOUD

39%

PUBLIC CLOUD

38%

SAAS

37%

Q: 1 in 5 respondents will have what percentage of their applications in the cloud by 2017?

A: Actually, one in five respondents will have more than 

50%

 of their apps in the cloud by the end of the year.

Q: 1 in 5 respondents will have what percentage of their applications in the cloud by 2017?

A: Correct! One in five respondents will have more than 

50%

 of their apps in the cloud by the end of the year.

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As organizations move more and more apps to the cloud, preferences for cloud models have emerged by application category.

PRIVATE CLOUD
(ON-PREM)
44%
Internal Finance
40%
Human Resources
38%
Billing
PRIVATE CLOUD
(OFF-PREM)
18%
Mobile for Customer
15%
Digital Marketing
14%
IoT – Industrial
PUBLIC/IAAS
13%
Mobile for Customer
12%
Digital Marketing
11%
IoT – Industrial
SAAS
14%
Digital Marketing
13%
Human Resources
11%
Mobile for Customer

APPS GET THEIR OWN
SECURITY DETAIL

As the threat landscape evolves,
security solutions are becoming more
app-centric so organizations can
protect their data, their customers,
and their brand.

APPS GET THEIR OWN SECURITY DETAIL

As the threat landscape evolves, security solutions are becoming more app-centric so organizations can protect their data, their customers, and their brand.

Respondents’ confidence rose when they deployed security solutions.

53%

When a WAF is deployed, 53% are confident in their ability to withstand an attack.

43%

When DDoS is deployed, 43% are confident in their ability to withstand an attack.

Q: Respondents identified five top security challenges they’re facing this year. What is their number-one challenge?

A: Actually, the number one challenge is 

attack sophistication.

#1
ATTACK
SOPHISTICATION
#2
EMPLOYEES
#3
SKILLS GAP
#4
MOBILE APP
SECURITY
#5
COMPLEXITY
OF SOLUTIONS

Q: Respondents identified five top security challenges they’re facing this year. What is their number-one challenge?

A: Correct! The number one challenge is 

attack sophistication.

#1
ATTACK
SOPHISTICATION
#2
EMPLOYEES
#3
SKILLS GAP
#4
MOBILE APP
SECURITY
#5
COMPLEXITY
OF SOLUTIONS
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Globally, the top app security services organizations are planning for deployment in the next year are:

30%

DDOS PROTECTION

29%

DNSSEC

29%

WEB APPLICATION FIREWALL

DEVOPS GOES
OPERATIONAL

DEVOPS GOES OPERATIONAL

Businesses are increasingly adopting
DevOps practices and leveraging
programmability as they look to scale
operations and reduce OpEx.

Businesses are increasingly adopting DevOps practices and leveraging programmability as they look to scale operations and reduce OpEx.

Globally, respondents cite scalability and OpEx reduction as the top two drivers for framework use. Improving time to market comes in at a distant third.

SCALABILITY

37%

OPEX REDUCTION

37%

TIME TO MARKET

14%

Q: What framework do respondents most commonly use and plan to use this year?

A: Actually, 

VMware

 is the framework respondents most commonly use and plan to use.

54%

VMWARE

37%

CISCO

24%

OPENSTACK

20%

PYTHON

13%

PUPPET

9%

CHEF

Q: What framework do respondents most commonly use and plan to use this year?

A: Correct! 

VMware

 is the framework respondents most commonly use and plan to use.

54%

VMWARE

37%

CISCO

24%

OPENSTACK

20%

PYTHON

13%

PUPPET

9%

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Those who believe API-enabled infrastructure is highly important jumped a whopping 30%.

22%

52%

2016

2017

+30%

Application services provide the security, performance, and availability apps need for your organization to thrive. Read the report to learn how your peers around the world are delivering applications as the digital economy matures.