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State of Cloud Adoption

RightScale has recently published a report on State of the Cloud Report. It is the result of a survey of about a thousand people.
The report has seven conclusions in the executive summary:

  1. Cloud aRightScale Cloud Report - 2014doption reaches ubiquity
  2. Hybrid cloud is the approach of choice
  3. Enterprise cloud governance lags adoption
  4. The challenge of cloud security is abating
  5. Next-generation IT shapes up as Cloud + DevOps + Self-Service IT
  6. Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate public cloud adoption
  7. The battle among private cloud technologies is shaping up as a clash of cultures

I don’t think that there are any surprises in these conclusions.

However, when I examined the report in more detail I could draw 3 interesting conclusions which … well you can judge if they are surprising:

Public cloud is winning over Private cloud

Though Hybrid cloud is the king as 54% of the respondent have gone hybrid, what is interesting to note that “Public cloud only” has 4 times the adoption compared to ”Private cloud only” – 29% to 7%

I don’t find it surprising because one of the key premise of cloud is that you do not have to bother about the infrastructure. Why should anybody build their own data center? It is like building your own power plant.

Cloud security risk is more of a perception than a real challenge

How can I come to such a conclusion?

It is simple.

Security is the top concern of the cloud “Beginners” - with 31% votes.

However, for the cloud “Focused” organization who are already using cloud heavily – security comes way down on the 5th position – with only 13% votes.

Also, the security concerns among the focused organizations have come down from about 20% last year year to 13% this year!

IT is losing out

There is a large gap between how IT perceives their role in the cloud vs. how business units (BU) perceives the role of IT in the cloud. Have a look at the following stats:

  • Broker Cloud Services – should IT have a role? - Only 18% respondents from the BU think so.
  • Should IT set policies for how cloud should be used? - There is a large gap of 26% between what BU think (34%) and what IT think (60%).
  • Should IT select Private cloud? - There is even a larger gap of 29% between what BU think (38%) and what IT think (69%).
  • Should IT select Public cloud? - Even here there is large gap of 18% between what BU think (42%) and what IT think (60%).

The surprising part in this is that BU want more help in selecting public cloud compared to private cloud. It does not make any sense to me.

I would very much like to look at this data separately for cloud beginners and cloud focused organizations – that will tell us if there is hope for IT or not.

If the gap in cloud focused organizations is less then we can conclude that there is hope for IT!

However, if the gap is more then IT is doomed!

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