In January 2017, RightScale conducted its sixth annual State of the Cloud Survey of the latest 2017 cloud trends. The survey questioned technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of cloud infrastructure. The 1,002 respondents range from technical executives to managers and practitioners and represent organizations of varying sizes across many industries. Respondents represent companies across the cloud spectrum. Their answers provide a comprehensive perspective on the state of the cloud today. Key findings include:
Enterprises Hold Firm on Hybrid Cloud
- 85 percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, up slightly from 82 percent last year.
- 58 percent of enterprises are planning to use hybrid cloud in 2017 vs. 55 percent last year.
- The use of multiple private clouds among enterprises decreased significantly in 2017 to 9 percent vs. 23 percent last year, while the number of enterprises planning to use multiple public clouds in 2017 increased to 20 percent vs. 16 percent last year.
Optimizing Cloud Costs Becomes a Top Initiative
- Optimizing cloud costs is the top initiative for cloud users (53 percent), just ahead of moving more workloads to cloud (52 percent).
- Despite an increased focus on cloud cost management, only a minority of companies report taking critical actions to optimize cloud costs, such as shutting down unused workloads or selecting lower-cost clouds or regions.
Enterprise Central IT Teams Take a Stronger Cloud Role
- There is a strong shift toward centralization, with more central IT teams taking a broader view of their role in cloud in 2017.
- They see a role for themselves in selecting public clouds (65 percent), deciding/advising on which apps to move to cloud (63 percent), and selecting private clouds (63 percent).
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