Business workloads and apps running in public cloud to nearly double by 2021, Spiceworks says
Nearly 70% of respondents to the company’s latest survey believe cloud services will allow them to adopt emerging technologies more easily.
The Lowdown: Spiceworks conducted the survey of about 450 IT decision-makers this past April. Respondents, who hailed from North America and Europe, represented a variety of company sizes and vertical markets.
The Details: The IT marketplace’s study, “Public Cloud Trends in 2019 and Beyond,” covered public cloud usage and challenges:
>On the average, businesses currently run 27% of their workloads and applications in public clouds; they expect that figure to reach 48% in the next 12 to 24 months.
>About one-third of businesses plan to adopt edge computing, container technologies, and serverless computing by 2020. (Those adoption rates are even higher in large enterprises with 5,000-plus employees.)
>Many businesses, especially those housing sensitive company information, continue to run some apps and workloads fully on-premises. For database servers, that number is 59%; for identity management systems, it’s 57%; and for ERP systems, it’s 46%. Among those companies, however, about 20% are considering moving such workloads to public clouds within the next year.
>More than one-half of businesses run their Web/e-commerce and e-mail workloads fully in public clouds; one-quarter do the same for their CRM systems, communications tools, and mobile services.
>Overall, respondents’ outlook on public cloud providers is positive, but there remain hurdles to clear. For example, 30% of businesses say they face data security challenges in the cloud, 22% said they’ve been locked into cloud services with which they’re not satisfied, and about 80% said their cloud provider arrangements aren’t a sure thing – that they’ll stop purchasing from the provider if they experience unreliable service, substantial price increases, or serious security issues.
The Buzz: “Our findings indicate many businesses are eager to capitalize on emerging cloud-centric technologies,” said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks. “This interest creates new opportunities for cloud vendors to provide solutions and services that can help organizations reap the benefits of serverless computing, edge computing, and containers.”
“In order to retain business, cloud vendors need to be more proactive about combating the factors that could drive their customers to a competitor,” Tsai added. “For example, public cloud vendors can benefit by being transparent with IT decision-makers about safeguards they have in place to protect sensitive data [that] customers are storing or considering storing in public clouds.”