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OpsRamp Survey: 84% of IT Pros in Enterprise Organizations Say They're Planning to Move More Workloads to the Cloud Within the Next Two Years

OpsRamp, the hybrid cloud IT operations management company, announces the results of a survey on public cloud adoption in the enterprise. The survey, completed in October, sought to understand how IT professionals in companies of 500+ employees were using the cloud, and its impact on their businesses. The full report can be found here.

A key takeaway was that public cloud infrastructure and applications are continuing to take hold in the enterprise. According to feedback from more than 130 IT pros, 50% said their organization's cloud adoption level is "developing," while 29% indicated it's "mature." Over 40% said their organizations moved to the cloud in the past two years.

And how are enterprise IT pros using cloud technologies today? 40% of respondents cited the use of cloud tech in production environments, while 33% said they were using cloud tech for development and testing. Apparently, this is just the beginning: 84% said they're planning to move more workloads to the cloud within the next two years.

Behind the use of cloud infrastructure and applications is a desire for greater flexibility and scalability, according to 62% of survey respondents. 47% pointed to the ability to avoid capital expenditures on hardware, software, IT support and security. An additional 47% cited cost management via elastic provisioning as the primary cloud tech benefit.

The opportunity to save money by using cloud tech was another driving factor. 94% of survey respondents said cloud would reduce setup and maintenance costs, and 47% said their IT costs would drop by 30-50% from the use of cloud infrastructure and apps.

Importantly, cloud tech adoption isn't just lip service-companies are putting money where their mouths are. 48% of survey respondents said that 30-50% of their organization's current IT spending is on cloud technologies. 27% said that over 50% of IT spend would be on cloud in the next few years.

Companies are spreading the money around, too. The vast majority (75%) plan to use multiple cloud infrastructure providers, and AWS isn't the only game in town. In order, Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform are the most popular choices.

So, can anything slow cloud adoption in the enterprise? Maybe. IT pros surveyed by OpsRamp pointed to ongoing security concerns, a lack of resources, and difficulty migrating as the primary reasons they're not using more cloud services today. Meanwhile, the biggest challenge for enterprise IT professionals today when it comes to public cloud management is ensuring security and compliance for cloud workloads.

"The survey results are consistent with what we're hearing from customers and partners," says Varma Kunaparaju, co-founder and CEO. "Cloud is becoming a significantly larger part of their IT portfolio, they're likely to use more than one platform, and oversight and management of these services is paramount. 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."

Published Thursday, November 09, 2017 8:39 AM by David Marshall
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