Global Cloud Adoption

Current state of the cloud

Nowadays, the cloud is being widely adopted as the main IT deployment scenario, however executives still have concerns. This is understandable, as we stand at the brink of a transformation where the full IT landscape of companies is migrated from on-premise towards an external environment in the cloud. Whilst an external IT environment managed by external staff will see an organisation’s need for their own IT resources reduced, concerns raised include security, data management and vendor management. Let’s take a closer look at the current state of the cloud, as well as the main challenges that customers experience and foresee.

Current Cloud Adoption

One of the most common indicators used to define the ‘maturity’ of new technology is the Gartner Hype Cycle. This shows the development path of technologies through several well-defined stages; from the phase of innovation via a peak of inflated expectations and a subsequent disillusionment period, to the phase in which a technology is widely accepted and delivering on all promises. In the most recent Gartner Hype Cycle for cloud computing technologies, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), on which we deploy our security solutions, was about to reach the plateau of productivity. This analysis is backed by quantitative analyses of the current cloud deployment. With respect to the adaptation and use of cloud solutions, the current situation is well-described in the annual State of the Cloud Report from RightScale. In this report, researchers surveyed 997 technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organisations about their adoption of cloud computing. The main conclusion from this is that it is not so much if companies are adopting cloud computing, but how many cloud solutions they will use. 96% of the respondents indicated that their organisation already makes use of cloud services. These could be private clouds, public clouds or hybrid developments in which both types of cloud are used. The results of the State of the Cloud Report also indicated that public cloud adoption increased to 92%, and private to 75%. But it’s clear public cloud strategy has top priority in most organisations. Cloud adoption is not restricted to specific applications or basic tools with limited integration demands, such as email or storage, either. Nowadays, core business applications with substantial integration requirements like complex ERP and CRM solutions are also being delivered from the cloud.

From Single Cloud To Multi-Cloud

So, it is no longer a question of if the market is adopting the cloud but how many cloud services are being used. According to the cloud survey mentioned above, organisations leverage on average 4.8 clouds across both public and private. In an average company, 3.1 cloud environments are used to run applications, whilst the other 1.7 are used for testing.

Key Challenges For Cloud Deployment

Just because the cloud is now being widely adopted does not mean that cloud migrations are without their challenges. As expected, security is the top challenge for respondents of the above-mentioned survey. However, there is an important observation to be made here. And that is that although security and other topics are mentioned as challenges, the majority don’t see them as a significant challenge. They are, instead, considered hurdles that can be overcome. Certainly, larger organisations with more cloud experience and knowledge consider security less of a problem when compared to topics like cost management and resourcing.

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