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More than 80% of firms to move more workloads to public cloud in the next two years

November 20, 2017

OpsRamp a hybrid cloud company has done some research, it is showing that the most organisations are looking to commit more IT workloads to the cloud over the next 2 years.

OpsRamp study assess 137 IT executives, these executives are from mid to large sized organisations who already use some form of cloud in their IT infrastructure. They found that 91% have been using cloud for over a year and around 51% for more than three years.

The most popular use for the platform was in production (40%), then development and testing (32%) and disaster recovery (20%), although 62% of those that answered said the main advantage of cloud was better scalability and flexibility, additionally, 94% agreed it reduced their IT set up and maintenance costs.

Half of the respondents said they are developing their cloud maturity, while 29% classed themselves as “mature” and 21% as “emerging”.

Throughout the survey it found companies will increase their spending on cloud platforms. Around 60% of companies will use more than 30% of their IT budget on cloud, in comparison to around 80% expect to use more than 30% over next several years.

The majority of the businesses (75%) use multiple cloud services, with Microsoft Azure the most popular provider (25%), in front of Amazon Web Services (24%) and Google Cloud (18%).

Varma Kunaparaju, CEO of OpsRamp, said the results highlight the increasing prominence of the cloud and this is set to continue in the future.

“Cloud is becoming a significantly larger part of [organisations’] IT portfolio – they’re likely to use more than one platform, and oversight and management of these services is paramount,” he said.

“We expect these trends to continue and accelerate over time, as the cost, scalability and flexibility advantages of cloud infrastructure and applications become even more obvious.”

58% of those that answered felt security in the clod was the biggest concern, others felt they needed more cloud expert support (19%) and some felt migrating would be difficult (15%)

Mahesh Ramachandran, vice-president of product management at OpsRamp, said these are legitimate concerns but security will improve in the future.

“Cloud security and compliance are valid concerns for enterprises. The number of high profile incidents involving leaky AWS S3 buckets has created fear, uncertainty and doubt among IT practitioners,” he said.

“We expect cloud providers to address security and compliance through the introduction of new products and services, training and best practices,” he added.