The cloud marketplace is gaining more and more mature while IT departments are still at a loss to make decisions about their cloud strategy, according to the annual “State of the Cloud Survey” from RightScale, a cloud automation and control software provider. This survey is based on over 1,000 organizations, a quarter of whom are companies with over 1,000 employees.
More Enterprises Seek for Multi-Cloud Strategies
As almost all organizations are running cloud applications, larger enterprises are seeking for strategies for adopting cloud hosting that is able to incorporate varying combinations of public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructure .
Compared with smaller organizations whose IT needs can be met by relying on a single public or private cloud, larger enterprises often have more complicated demands and begin to consider hybrid and multi-cloud implementations as a solution. Among enterprise respondents in the survey, 74 percent have a multi-cloud strategy, what’s more, 48 percent are going to adopt hybrid clouds.
However, many enterprises are actually going to move forward with cloud services when they are not necessarily prepared. For example, only a little more than half of enterprises which are adopting cloud solutions have clearly know the business value they want to gain from cloud initiatives or sketched out their security policies. What’s worse, fewer enterprises have defined policies for selecting cloud services, worked out disaster recovery plans, or performed cost management strategies.
Fortunately, cloud security starts to improve as cloud solutions become more and more mature and IT departments know more about cloud security features and best practices. Besides organizations are aware that it can bring more benefits to deploy different types of workloads in the cloud. In addition, more applications are to be deployed on the cloud including test and development applications, customer web apps, internal web apps, batch processing, and mobile apps.
Next-Gen IT: Cloud, DevOps, and Self-Service
RightScale’s report says that cloud adoption has been a part of the next-generation corporate IT formula which now includes cloud, self-service, and DevOps. Self-service can permit end users to provision their own services and try to settle their own problems. DevOps is basically an approach to increasing cooperation between operations teams and developers to support software development
The Public/Private Cloud Leaderboard
AWS is still the most popular one of those public cloud among respondents with 54 percent of respondents operating applications on it nowadays, while Rackspace Public Cloud is the second most popular cloud with only 12 percent of users among respondents.
There is a huge difference between larger enterprises and smaller organizations regarding public cloud adoption. AWS remains the number one on the whole, but Rackspace or Google App Engine are more popular among SMBs while enterprises are more likely to use VMware vCHS and Azure.
This year there are intenser competition among Private cloud. And IT departments still can not decide which one is better between open-source solutions like OpenStack and proprietary solutions like VMware. Though OpenStack adoption rose while VMware vCloud Director decreased this year when compared with last year, VMware vSphere continues to remain in the first place in private cloud technology which is followed by vCloud Director, Microsoft System Center, and OpenStack.