Sharing, storing and securing data is at the forefront of most businesses across the world. Cloud-native technology is aiding organisations to do so secretly and cost-effectively. A recent study conducted by Contino has revealed some interesting findings regarding the public state of cloud use within modern enterprises.
250 IT decision-making professionals employed within companies of over 5,000 members across Europe, USA and APAC were surveyed at the beginning of 2020 to gain an insight into how cloud-native technologies are being utilised. Spending in IT departments is dropping as a whole, and with uncertain economic times ahead, this trend looks set to continue. However, the cloud appears to be bucking this trend, with IT spend on the cloud continuing to grow.Contino’s report presents many thought-provoking insights, the most intriguing of which we discuss below.
1. Enterprises are widely using the public cloud
From those surveyed, a staggering number of enterprises are using the public cloud in one way or another. 77% of respondents declared their business had implemented the cloud and 50% of these were making use of a hybrid cloud.
Single private cloud is being used by 22%, while 20% are using multi-cloud. Just 7% of businesses have opted for a single public cloud and a mere 1% have elected for the use of on-premises solutions.
2. Use of the public cloud business-wide is rare
Of all businesses questioned, just 13% possess a fully-fledged public cloud program. Within this category, the most common use (42% of respondents) was for multiple projects and/or apps.
Just under a quarter (24%) were still making progress with their application of the public cloud while 18% were still in the development phase.
3. The biggest barriers are security & compliance
Concerns over the security of the public cloud were the most cited barrier at 48% and the obstacle of remaining compliant was declared by 37%.
These were not the only blockades when it came to businesses implementing public cloud systems. Roughly a third of responses stated a lack of skills, purchase costs and integrating with current systems were the largest barriers. Lack of leadership buy-in was presented by 19% of respondents, showing a large portion of IT professionals show a want and need for the public cloud but are faced with inadequate resources or support- although it should be stated that this was one of the least disclosed barriers.
4. There are major concerns seen in vendor lock-in
Almost one quarter (23%) stated that vendor lock-in wasn’t a major concern for them. However, the commitment made when choosing a public cloud vendor is seen as ‘somewhat’ or ‘very much’ a barrier by 63% of the IT professionals surveyed.
Despite this concern, it appears that the benefits of the public cloud are outweighing the risk of contracts as we previously discussed-77% of businesses are using the public cloud.
5. The public cloud is deemed as secure as on-premises
Security concerns usually pose the biggest barrier when it comes to not switching to the public cloud, however, 64% of IT professionals actually believe the security of the public cloud to be greater than on-premises.
Those who believed it to be less secure totaled a small 7%, while the remaining 29% saw little to no difference.
6. The most cited benefits of the public cloud were: efficiency, scalability & agility
Technical benefits were witnessed by a whopping 99% of public cloud users. Efficiency, agility and scalability were listed as the top technical benefits. An almost insignificant 1% reported no technical benefits at all.
7. The biggest benefit is aligning IT with the business
Every respondent (100%) reported various benefits to the business by switching to the public cloud from on-premises. Compliance in relation to business data became easier for 72%, while only 4% found this trickier.
8. Innovation is accelerated by the cloud
81% of IT professionals reported accelerated innovation with the use of the cloud and not a single respondent declared any notion of the cloud preventing or slowing down innovation.
While 5% discovered that the public cloud increased expenditure, 79% declared they have saved money with the public cloud.
9. Expanding cloud programmes is on the horizon for most
The majority (83%) of businesses are looking to grow their cloud programmes. Of those looking to grow, 48% want to proceed with caution but 36% want to move as quickly as possible.
There were a small number (4%) of businesses who were looking to revert back to on-premises systems, however, they declared they are in no rush to do so.
10. When Expanding Cloud Programmes-Company Tops Location
The geography of businesses surveyed produced little to no correlation with answers. In fact, it was the nature of each organisation that drove decisions regarding the cloud.
Most modern enterprises have now implemented the public cloud in one form or another and a higher number of respondents are choosing to stay with these systems for the foreseeable future.
For those who are not yet using the public cloud, barriers such as security and compliance as the biggest preventers. However, heightened security and compliance measures are also reported to be one of the most valuable benefits.
This all reflects the ever-important case that those who are in fear of making the switch should do so as the risks are nominal.