Hybrid Cloud Adoption May Gain Stronger Ground in Future: Verizon Survey

By CIOReview | Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Enterprises cloud adoption to be the mainstream for the business transformations, reports Verizon’s annual cloud survey.

The “annual cloud market” report states that cloud adoption is no longer being a novelty that is just adopted for efficiency and cost benefits in achieving business goals. It is being a strategic move for the enterprises which is driving a change in enabling innovation, business transformations and redefining the role of IT.

Enterprises are now making cloud usage as their major infrastructure where they can add complex and mission-critical workloads to it and developing and running external facing production applications on the cloud.

The report provides data, current cloud trends, analysis and future of cloud usage within the enterprise and its impact on the IT and business at large. It says that the cloud transition is accelerating as workloads are being moved to hybrid cloud infrastructure for easy deployments and management.

Highlights of the report:

65 percent of enterprises surveyed are using cloud and enterprise spend on cloud has grown 38 percent in the last year.

It is estimated that 71 percent of enterprises are expected to use cloud for external-facing production applications in the cloud by 2017 while half of companies are expected to shift at least 75 percent of their workloads to the cloud by 2018.

When asked what factors they rate most important in a cloud service, 84 percent of Verizon customers rated uptime as “very important” where availability matters and only 14 percent of enterprises said reducing cost was the main motive in using cloud.

“In just a couple of years, we believe that significantly over half of all workloads — across companies of all kinds — will be running in the cloud,” the Verizon survey asserts.

According to the report, 27 percent of Verizon customers are using private cloud and 24 percent are using public cloud while nearly 50 percent use a mix of public cloud, private cloud and traditional IT resources; and 48 percent have workload portability across public and private cloud resources. And 17 percent respondents say that they plan to implement private cloud, while 13 percent plan to use public cloud in near future.

The report points that enterprises are considering the cloud technology as an approach to create an enterprise-class infrastructure using standard components from cloud providers tied together using APIs and orchestration services.

Despite the concern about the complexity involved in managing and governing a hybrid cloud environment, enterprises with heavy investments in legacy applications merge private and public clouds with on-premises and co-location infrastructure leading to have more enterprises IT workloads shift onto the cloud.

The survey found that 48 percent of enterprises have workloads portability across public and private cloud resources that include web applications along with database and storage capabilities.