Multiple Clouds Are the New IT Norm

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1 - Multiple Clouds Are the New IT NormMultiple Clouds Are the New IT Norm

All forms of cloud computing are maturing quickly. As IT organizations gain more confidence in their cloud capabilities, they are more open to adopting technologies such as microservices and IoT apps.

2 - Cloud Adoption RisesCloud Adoption Rises

68% of organizations use some form of cloud, representing a 61% increase from last year; 22% either plan to or are investigating their options.

3 - Public vs. Private CloudsPublic vs. Private Clouds

Use of public and private clouds is about evenly split at 52% and 54%, respectively. Organizations expect to increase on-premises private cloud spending by 40% over the next two years.

4 - Hybrid Cloud Computing ComethHybrid Cloud Computing Cometh

Nearly three-fourths (73%) of respondents say they have some form of a formal hybrid cloud computing strategy. More than half (55%) say they subscribe to multiple external clouds. Just under half (47%) say they use a mix of cloud and on-premise IT assets.

5 - Private Cloud Deployment ModelsPrivate Cloud Deployment Models

60% use a third-party hosting service; 42% say they have deployed one on-premise; and 40% say they remotely manage a private cloud hosted elsewhere. Meanwhile, 50% are running more than one type of private cloud computing environment.

6 - Level of Cloud MaturityLevel of Cloud Maturity

Less than a third (31%) have implemented what they describe as either repeatable, managed and optimized cloud strategies. Yet the vast majority expect to improve these key performance indicators over the next two years.

7 - Cloud Driving IoT ApplicationsCloud Driving IoT Applications

Nearly three in 10 (29%) say they are using the cloud to drive IoT applications.

8 - Importance of OpenStackImportance of OpenStack

Almost six in 10 (59%) say OpenStack is an important element of their cloud strategy.

9 - Cloud Security Remains an IssueCloud Security Remains an Issue

Just under half (48%) still characterize adequate security as an important inhibitor to cloud deployment.

10 - Measuring Cloud ROIMeasuring Cloud ROI

Cloud computing initiatives are cited as driving anywhere from $2 million to $3 million in additional revenues due mainly to applications driving new customer acquisition. IT organizations also report lowering their costs by as much as $1 million.

Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight, Channel Insider and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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