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Stratoscale Hybrid Cloud Survey Reveals 8 out of 10 Enterprises Fear Vendor Lock-in and Avoid Running Sensitive Data in the Public Cloud

Stratoscale, the cloud infrastructure company that delivers an AWS-compatible region within the data center, today announced the results from its hybrid cloud survey. With responses from more than 650 IT professionals, the survey uncovered industry preferences for public and private cloud usage, value and risk drivers in the hybrid cloud model, and workload tendencies in these cloud environments.

The results, which highlight enterprise concerns with their journey to the cloud, also found that more than 80% of organizations deploying data, applications, and workloads to public cloud ecosystems avoid running sensitive data, mission critical workloads and regulated apps in these environments. As we see more and more enterprises moving to multi-cloud models, they are also sharing growing concerns of public cloud lock-in, and have become more aware of the negative consequences and implications.

Defining the Hybrid Cloud Remains a Blurry Vision

  • The majority of respondents (77%) define the value of the hybrid cloud in two ways:
    • In enterprises with hybrid cloud adoption level below 20%, hybrid cloud is most often defined as the ability to move workloads between private and public cloud
    • But, as cloud adoption increases and exceeds 20%, the focus shifts accordingly to the concept that different workloads belong in different public and private environments
  • Across the board, the ability to move between different clouds, as well as bursting compute and storage is less of a concern at this time (less than 20%)

Securing the Cloud Still a Top Concern

  • Security remains the primary reason that enterprises use a private cloud
  • Over 65% of respondents confirmed that their company has migrated less than 20% of workloads to a public cloud. For large enterprises (10,000+ employees), 70% have migrated less than 20% of workloads to a public cloud
  • If respondents could change anything about the public cloud that would make the private cloud redundant or unnecessary, security improvements and cost reductions are seen as the top two factors

Workload Migration to the Cloud Remains Very Low

  • More than half of enterprises have moved less than 20% of their workloads to the public cloud. Almost 15% haven't started their journey to the public cloud
  • Very small enterprises (less than 100 employees) are the most advanced in their journey. Large enterprises (more than 10,000 employees) have the largest percentage that has started the journey but the slowest pace of progress
  • When designing their private vs. public cloud strategies, companies are aligned about keeping sensitive data and regulated applications on-prem

Cloud Vendor Lock-In Fears Are Front and Center

  • Over 80% of enterprises show moderate to high levels of concerns about public cloud lock-in
  • Very small companies (less than 100 employees) show the highest level of concern
  • Despite being further advanced in their journey to the cloud than IT Specialists, C-Level and IT Executives are more aware of the implications of public cloud lock-in

"The transformation to a ‘digital business' by implementing cloud services and platforms is no longer much of an option - it's an imperative for the continued survival of any enterprise," said Ariel Maislos, CEO at Stratoscale. "The findings from our survey confirm what we're hearing from our customers-although many have started their journey to the public cloud, the vast majority of companies are still running mission critical workloads and sensitive data in private solutions, primarily for security reasons. It's clear the hybrid cloud model represents the near and long-term future for most enterprises, regardless of size."

Click here to view the full set of survey results. 

Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017 8:47 AM by David Marshall
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