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Enterprise Cloud Adoption Expands, Containing Costs a Big Concern

By Edward Gately
February 16, 2017 - News
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Edward GatelyEnterprise multi-cloud and hybrid cloud adoption continue to grow while optimizing cloud costs is the top initiative across all cloud users.

That’s according to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Survey. It includes responses from 1,002 technology professionals at large and small enterprises across a broad cross-section of industries.

Michael Crandell, RightScale’s CEO, tells Channel Partners that for channel businesses such as managed hosting, outsourcing, system integration, IT consulting or other value-added services, “this multi-cloud landscape offers opportunity to capture and retain business by helping your customers use cloud resources."

RightScale's Michael Crandell“One of the biggest opportunities for RightScale partners is helping customers not only manage complex cloud deployments, but also get a handle on increasing cloud costs," he said. “RightScale works with a number of channel partners, including Telstra, Offis, Industrie IT and others to help their customers move into the cloud and manage costs effectively there."

According to the survey, hybrid cloud is the preferred enterprise strategy, but private cloud adoption fell. Some 85 percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, up from 82 percent in 2016. However, private cloud adoption fell from 77 percent to 72 percent as focus shifts to public cloud.

Public cloud users already are running applications in an average of 1.8 public clouds, while experimenting with 1.8 more. Private cloud users are using 2.3 private clouds today and experimenting with an additional 2.1 private clouds.

Respondents run 41 percent of workloads in the public cloud and 38 percent in a private cloud. Among enterprises, respondents run 32 percent of workloads in public cloud and 43 percent in private cloud.

Optimizing cloud costs is the top initiative across all cloud users (53 percent) and especially among mature cloud users (64 percent). Respondents estimate 30 percent of cloud spend is wasted, while RightScale has measured actual waste between 30 and 45 percent. Despite an increased focus on cloud cost management, few companies are taking critical actions to optimize cloud costs, such as shutting down unused workloads or selecting lower-cost clouds or regions, according to the survey.

Enterprise central IT has a broader view of its cloud role in 2017 that includes selecting public clouds (65 percent), deciding/advising on which apps move to cloud (63 percent), and selecting private clouds (63 percent). In comparison, respondents in business units are less likely to delegate authority to central IT for selecting public clouds (41 percent), deciding/advising on which apps move to cloud (45 percent), and selecting private clouds (38 percent).

Lack of resources/expertise, the top cloud challenge in 2016, was less of a challenge in 2017, with only 25 percent citing it as a major concern, down from 32 percent in 2016, according to the survey. Concerns about security ...

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