In January 2018, RightScale conducted its seventh annual State of the Cloud Survey of the latest 2018 cloud trends. The survey questioned technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of cloud infrastructure. The 997 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:
Multi-Cloud Continues to Be a Key Strategy for Enterprises
- 81 percent of enterprises (companies with more than 1,000 employees) employ a multi-cloud strategy.
- Enterprises with a hybrid strategy (combining the use of public and private clouds) fell from 58 percent in 2017 to 51 percent in 2018, while organizations with a strategy of multiple public clouds or multiple private clouds grew slightly.
Public Cloud Spend Is Significant and Growing Quickly
- 26 percent of of enterprises spend more than $6 million a year on public cloud, while 52 percent spend more than $1.2 million annually.
- 20 percent of enterprises plan to more than double public cloud spend in 2018, and 71 percent will grow public cloud spend more than 20 percent.
Enterprise Central IT Teams Focus on Governance and Brokering Cloud
- Compared to 2017, enterprise central IT is taking a stronger cloud governance role in advising on which apps move to cloud (69 percent vs. 63 percent), managing costs (64 percent vs. 55 percent), setting policies (60 percent vs. 58 percent), and brokering cloud services (60 percent vs. 54 percent).
- In contrast to 2017, respondents in business units are less likely overall to delegate authority to central IT, but are in close agreement that central IT should manage and optimize cloud costs.
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