Pensa Survey Finds Top DevOps Barriers Involve Cost, Complexity and Legacy IT

IT Managers Are Deploying Infrastructure Components Across a Wide Range of Cloud Platforms

Mountain View, Calif., October 4, 2017 – Pensa, the provider of intelligent SaaS technology to simplify the delivery of complete virtual data centers, has released a new survey of IT executives about their DevOps technology platforms and the biggest challenges they face in the adoption of DevOps practices.

More than 200 IT decision-makers took the Pensa survey online during the month of September. All respondents are actively involved in and familiar with DevOps strategies, although most said they are still trying to overcome multiple hurdles on their DevOps journeys. (Please see a DevOps Survey Infographic link here:

Some of the high-level findings from the Pensa DevOps survey results include:

• Limited budgets were cited as the top barrier to DevOps success by 19.7% of respondents; followed closely by the constraints of legacy systems (17.2%); application complexity (12.8%); difficulty managing multiple environments (11.3%); and company culture (9.4%).
• Other barriers for DevOps projects were ranked as roughly a tie between the challenges of testing automation (7.9%); limited IT skills (7.9%); and the lack of executive buy-in (7.4%), which is closely related to company culture.
• For DevOps projects underway this year, survey respondents are mostly active on public clouds including Microsoft Azure (30.5%) and Amazon Web Services (26.6). Many others are using virtualization platforms including VMware virtualization (19.2%); Microsoft virtualization (15.3%); and OpenStack (7.4%).
• The current infrastructure trend is expected to remain similar in three years, when the most-used DevOps platforms are expected to be Microsoft Azure, according to 31.0% of respondents; followed by AWS (24.6%); VMware virtualization (19.2%); Microsoft virtualization (17.2%); and OpenStack (3.9%).
• Fully 35.0% of respondents are driven by a need to deploy applications once a day or several times a day; followed by those who deploy apps once a week or more (24.1%); once every few weeks (16.7%); or once a month or greater (24.2%).
• A majority 51.7% of respondents said it takes them hours to set up infrastructure for specific applications, compared to just 11.8% who said it takes them minutes to spin up new application environments. Another 35.0% said it takes them days or even weeks to set up the needed infrastructure.
• More than half of those surveyed (60.1%) said it is somewhat easy or very easy to access self-service infrastructure; compared to 26.1% who were neutral on their self-service access; and 12.8% who said it is somewhat difficult to access self-service infrastructure.

“Our initial DevOps survey reveals the biggest barriers to DevOps success involve the cost and complexity of transforming legacy IT environments into complete software-defined data centers, including compute, networking, storage, security, and applications,” said Pensa CEO Tom Joyce. “We also found that IT managers are committed to deploying DevOps on a range of platforms including public cloud, private cloud and on-premise virtualization, rather than being beholden to any single DevOps platform.”

Pensa’s core technology, Pensa Maestro, is a cloud-based system that enables enterprises to rapidly create multi-vendor, multi-platform software-based IT environments to support any application in a secure manner.

Pensa today announced the company’s formal launch, including the appointment of Pensa Chief Executive Officer Tom Joyce, a former senior executive of Dell, Hewlett-Packard and EMC. Pensa also announced that it has closed its Series A financing round for an undisclosed amount, led by March Capital Partners. Pensa was seed funded by The Fabric, an investment group that works with early stage entrepreneurs in cloud, networking and next-generation infrastructure.

About Pensa:

Pensa is a cloud-based intelligent platform that enables the rapid adoption of virtual data centers. Pensa Maestro serves as the “brains” for the next-generation data center by providing simple drag-and-drop infrastructure development, single-click deployment, and the ability to import custom applications to create an integrated, production-ready environment, while eliminating manual complexity and improving cost-efficiencies for SDDC, Cloud and DevOps. Pensa was founded in September 2015 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California. To learn more about Pensa and to keep up on the latest news, visit Pensa at: and follow on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

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