In January 2016, RightScale conducted its fifth annual State of the Cloud Survey of the latest 2016 cloud trends. The survey questioned technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of cloud infrastructure. The 1,060 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 Want a Multi-Cloud Strategy
- 82 percent of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy, holding steady from 2015.
- Private cloud adoption increased from 63 percent to 77 percent, driving hybrid cloud adoption up from 58 percent to 71 percent year-over-year.
- 95 percent of organizations surveyed are now running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service.
More Enterprise Workloads Shift to Cloud, Especially Private Cloud
- 17 percent of enterprises now have more than 1,000 VMs in public cloud, up from 13 percent in 2014.
- Private cloud showed even stronger growth with 31 percent of enterprises running more than 1,000 VMs, up from 22 percent in 2014.
Security Is No Longer the Top Cloud Challenge
- Lack of resources/expertise is now the #1 cloud challenge (cited by 32 percent), supplanting security (cited by 29 percent).
- Even the most security conscious respondents — enterprise central IT teams and security pros — no longer see security as the #1 challenge.
Download the RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud Report to see additional charts and get a full analysis of 2016 cloud trends.