The public cloud can provide huge advantages to many sectors and over recent years, it is something that is becoming increasingly popular within organizations.
A study conducted by Contino was recently conducted to gain a better understanding of exactly how modern enterprises are utilizing this technology, click here to see more.
At the start of 2020, 250 decision-making IT professionals who are employed in businesses of more than 5000 employers were surveyed from Europe, USA, and APAC, we discuss the results below.
- 1 Technical Benefits Are Seen By Most
- 2 Use Of The Public Cloud Is Huge
- 3 There Are Still Challenges
- 4 But Those Challenges May Be Void
- 5 Concerns Over vendor Lock-In Is High
- 6 Most Businesses Are Planning Growth
- 7 IT Departments Are Better Aligned
- 8 Innovation Is Faster
- 9 The Most Cited Technical Benefits
- 10 Sector Matters More Than Geography
Technical Benefits Are Seen By Most
Respondents were asked to state if they saw significant technical benefits from making the switch to the public cloud.
99% stated that they did and 100% declared they saw varied business benefits, compared to their previous on-premises.
These were not the only benefits, 43% said they were provided with the ability to focus on new revenues. The same percentage said they witnessed accelerated time-to-market and an increase in ROI was reported by 40%.
Use Of The Public Cloud Is Huge
77% of businesses have now adopted the use of the public cloud in some form, however, just 13% stated they have a fully-fledged public cloud system rolled out across the entire business.
To break it down, 50% are using a hybrid cloud, 22% using a single private cloud, 20% are using a multi-cloud and just 7% are using the single public cloud. A tiny portion (1%) are still using on-premises.
There Are Still Challenges
Those surveyed were asked to declare the biggest barrier for their organization when it came to adoption.
The most cited challenges were security concerns (48%) and compliance issues (37) when it can to further cloud adoption.
Another barrier included lack of leadership buy-in (19%), showing many IT professionals are wanting to adapt and improve their cloud services, but are not receiving the support they need to do so.
Other challenges included a lack of skills, purchase costs, and cloud-native systems not operating with current software (29-32%).
But Those Challenges May Be Void
With security being presented as the biggest barrier, many could presume that security is seen as inadequate with the public cloud.
However, 64% stated that they found security to be heightened with the public cloud, compared to a traditional data center and only 7% declared it was less secure.
This shows that those with security-related barriers may not be as informed as they thought when it comes to the public cloud.
The other largest barrier, compliance, was also one that may need to be readdressed by organizations. 72% found it easier to remain compliant with the use of the public cloud.
Concerns Over vendor Lock-In Is High
Vendor lock-in can present as a concern with any service and 63% of those surveyed stated they were ‘somewhat’ or ‘very much’ afraid of being locked in with one single vendor, presenting yet another barrier for adoption.
Just 5% said they had no fear at all of the vendor lock-in. Despite this, as 77% of businesses are now using the cloud, it seems that these worries are not outweighed by the benefits of the cloud.
Most Businesses Are Planning Growth
A plan to grow cloud programs was declared by 83% of the IT professionals. Just under half of this (48%) wish to grow but will proceed with caution and over a third (36%) was to move as swiftly as possible.
A meagre 4% plan returned to on-premises, however, they also stated they are in no rush to do so.
IT Departments Are Better Aligned
While many benefits were cited within the study, the most apparent was the ability for organizations to align IT with the rest of the business.
Innovation Is Faster
81% stated that innovation was faster with the use of the cloud and no one thought that it slowed this down in any way.
Money was also saved by 79% of businesses, 5% did report that they found it more expensive than on-premises.
The Most Cited Technical Benefits
When asked to state the technical benefits of switching to the cloud, scalability, agility and efficiency were the most popular answers.
In fact, 99% of cloud users reported significant technical benefits.
Sector Matters More Than Geography
When seeking correlation within the answers, there was little when it came to location. In fact, where businesses were situated made little to no difference in answers.
It was the type of company and sector that made an impact on the variation of answers within the survey.
In conclusion, the majority of enterprises have not adopted the cloud in one way or another and most plan to continue this in the future and expand on their services.
Barriers such as security and compliance are seen as large, however, most current users state that these factors are actually easier to maintain with the use of the cloud, showing that those who are making decisions may not be completely informed of the providings.