By Allie Philpin
Microsoft, together with 451 Research, has revealed the results of their survey into adoption of cloud services. Results from answers by over 2,000 respondents, one of the biggest surveys in recent years, has shown that 49% of those surveyed have deployed a hybrid cloud solution. The news will add weight to Redmond’s claim that the we are coming into the ‘era of the hybrid cloud’.
The survey also revealed that 60% of respondents have used a hosted cloud with an on-premise private cloud, 42% have combined a public cloud and an on-premise private cloud, whilst 39% have deployed a public cloud with a hosted private cloud.
When it comes to services from cloud providers, 71% opted for SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and slightly less, 69%, chose a hosted infrastructure. 43% outsourced their services, whilst 37% went with PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and a further 27% with colocation services. 9 out of 10 respondents, 91%, admitted that they are planning to purchase hosted infrastructure and outsourcing services over the next 2 years, in comparison to 89% choosing to purchase SaaS, 85% PaaS, and 82% opting for colocation services.
These results are a strong indication that cloud technology and relative services have become an accepted technology, as far as enterprises and organisations are concerned; and demonstrates that cloud, not on-premise, has grown significantly. Whilst there has been a downward trend in infrastructures that are non-virtualised, it is predicted that virtualised infrastructure will grow to around 35%, and a further 28% of company models will be orchestrated and automated private clouds.
When it comes to the IT budget, at the moment around 7% are allocated to PaaS, although this is expected to increase in the next 2 years, and it’s the same with outsourcing. Not surprisingly, there is a cost for data centres, mainly around SaaS and hosted infrastructure services.
However, as far as strategic plans or standard architectures are concerned, far fewer businesses and organisations had any such plans in place. 32% of respondents said they had a ‘formal cloud computing strategy’ plan; nearly 40% reported that their goals was deploy various resources and applications as part of their cloud; while only 23% reported that they had a ‘standard architecture for hosted solutions’.
Three principle trends were revealed by the survey: understanding end users, a well-defined security architecture, and a well-defined performance architecture. And another trend? The continued growth of cloud computing!