Fast time-to-value and the flexibility provided by cloud solutions lured big IT players, and a growing number of smaller organisations as well, into embracing the almighty cloud. Beside reducing capital expenditures, it also frees up valuable time for IT teams as they don’t have to dwell on hardware deployment and maintenance as they did before.
The cloud is here to stay, but has yet to achieve its full potential. Whether its public, private or hybrid, hosts apps or is simply used as backup storage, cloud solutions have not only revolutionised the way organisations operate but also enabled businesses to reinvent their operational infrastructures. This trends open space for new players to emerge and tackle the usual paradigms to eventually grab their piece of the market cake. The highly competitive and innovation-driven cloud landscape is set for years of growth. Only time will tell how long will the growth last and eventually start to fade. Until then, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch. To do so and get the best value out of it, one has to understand overall market trends. In order to provide you with useful insights and predictions, we decided to bring you a quick report on the state of the cloud in 2017.
Earlier this year, RightScale ran its annual State of the Cloud Survey, mainly focusing on IaaS. The survey interviewed 1002 IT professionals and is one of the largest survey regarding cloud infrastructure and one of the few that focuses on cloud customers. The final report offers an extensive set of market insights and specifics which helps setting a fresh perspective about the actual state of the cloud and the opportunities that are set to arise.
Next we bring you 10 key takeaways from the report. (You can also download the complete survey here).
1. Enterprises still prefer Hybrid Cloud strategies, while Private Cloud adoption declines
2. Users tend to use Multiple Clouds to run their applications
3. The majority of companies’ workloads is executed in the Cloud
4. IT teams gained more control of their Cloud role
Enterprise central IT have wider responsibilities within their cloud roles in 2017. Mainly:
5. Overall Cloud challenges are declining
The lack of resources and/or expertise is no longer the main challenge in cloud adoption as it was in 2016:
6. Wasted Cloud spend forces users to focus more on managing costs
7. Docker takes the lead in terms of DevOps tools
8. Microsoft’s Azure strengthened market position, closing the gap with AWS
9. AWS is still dominating the Public Cloud sector
AWS holds a significant lead in the number of virtual machines (VM) its users are running:
10. Private Cloud adoption slowed down
In 2017, we can expect new patterns to emerge in the cloud sector. The race between public cloud providers is tightening as their market shrinks, private cloud adoption has slowed down while organisations shift focus on optimising cloud costs. Also, Docker is now leading in the DevOps sector with high adoption rates. Even though the security issue is not the biggest concern anymore, there still no useful level of consensus on what constitutes best practices for cloud security, and as a result, organizations still struggle to find the right tools to control processes and products.
Also, the increasing focus on IaaS security draws attention from SaaS security concerns, an essential factor for companies that rely on cloud applications. It’s safe to say that cloud computing security implications are still not completely understood, which is why security and risk management operators must carefully drive their organizations through the ever-evolving areas of implementation and purchasing best practices. In case your company is struggling with choosing and implementing the right cloud solutions and processes, feel free to consult with one of our experts here at GlobalDots.