RightScale 2017 State Of The Cloud Report: Azure Gaining In Enterprises
23/02/2017

These and many other fascinating insights are from the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report. The entire report can be downloaded here (38 pp., PDF, opt-in). The report is based on interviews with 1,002 technical professionals RightScale conducted in January 2017 across a broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of cloud computing. Please see page 3 of the study for additional details regarding the methodology. Key takeaways of the study include the following:

  • In enterprises, Microsoft Azure adoption surged from 26% to 43% with AWS adoption increasing from 56% to 59%. Overall Azure adoption grew from 20% to 34% percent of respondents to reduce the AWS lead, with Azure now reaching 60% of the market penetration of AWS. Google also increased adoption from 10% to 15%. AWS continues to lead in public cloud adoption (57% of respondents currently run applications in AWS), this number has stayed flat since both 2016 and 2015.

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  • 30% of enterprises have multiple projects or applications already deployed in the cloud. RightScale found that these enterprises are focused on improving and expanding their use of cloud resources. Cloud-focused businesses are heavily using cloud infrastructure and are looking to optimize cloud operations as well as cloud costs. In the last year, enterprises have progressed from the "Cloud Explorers" stage to the "Cloud-Focused" stage, now representing 28% of respondents vs. 25% in 2016. The RightScale Cloud Maturity Model compares level levels of cloud adoption and maturity by enterprises and small & medium businesses (SMBs).

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  • 85% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy today, up from 82% in 2016. 58% are planning a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 55% a year ago. RightScale also found an increase in the number of enterprises planning for multiple public clouds (up from 16% to 20%) and a concurrent decrease in those planning for multiple private clouds (down from 11% to 7%).

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  • Private cloud adoption is 72% down from 77% a year ago. Hybrid cloud environments have fallen to 67% from 71% last year. The following graphic compares public, private and hybrid cloud adoption in 2017.

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  • Enterprises are running 75% of workloads on cloud platforms, with more in private cloud (43%) vs. public cloud (32%). SMBs run 83% of workloads on cloud platforms, with more in public cloud (50%) vs. private cloud (33%). Across all respondent organizations, 79% of workloads are in running on cloud platforms today, with 41% in public and 38% in private clouds.

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  • Faster access to infrastructure (62%), greater scalability (61%), higher availability (56%) and faster time-to-market (51%) are four leading cloud benefits organizations are pursuing RightScale found the two areas that showed the most increase were scalability (58% to 61%) and availability (52% to 56% ) while there were decreases in IT staff efficiency (38% to 34%) and cost savings (37% to 35%). Respondents also are finding the more their organizations mature, the greater the benefits of cloud platforms and apps.

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  • The greatest challenges organizations face in implementing cloud platforms and technologies include a lack of resources and expertise, security and managing cloud spend (all 25%), compliance and governance and control (both 23%). RightScale found that lack of resources and expertise as a challenge has dropped from 25% this year from 32% in 2016. Concerns regarding security have also dropped from 25% this year versus 29% in 2016.

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  • Optimizing existing cloud use (53%), moving workloads to the cloud (52%) and expanding public clouds in use (42%) are the top three cloud initiatives for 2017 across all organizations surveyed. Initiatives vary by cloud maturity, with companies just getting started with cloud strategies prioritizing moving workloads to the cloud (51%), followed by implementing a cloud-first strategy (45%). Cloud-focused organizations are prioritizing strategies for optimizing existing cloud use and cost savings (64%) followed by expanding public clouds in use (51%).
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  • Overall Docker adoption surges to 35%, taking the lead over Chef and Puppet at 28% each. Many respondents use Docker through container-as-a-service offerings from cloud providers including AWS ECS (35%), Azure Container Service (11%), and Google Container Engine (8%). The study found that while Docker and Kubernetes adoption has grown in 2017, adoption of non-Docker tools is flat or down, indicating that some of the growth of Docker may be coming at the expense of configuration management tools. Use of Puppet and Chef fell this year from 32% to 28% of respondents for each. Ansible stayed steady, used by 21% of respondents vs. 20% in 2016.

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