Cloud Adoption: Growing Demand for Third-Party Deployment

Cloud computing

More businesses migrated to the cloud without the help of a third party in the last year, a recent survey found.

Evolve IP's Scott KinkaBut half of those self-deploying companies would have someone else do it for them in the future.

A new Evolve IP survey of nearly 1,100 IT professionals examines the state of cloud adoption in 2016. The survey concluded that cloud has gone “from promising rookie to the face of the franchise.”

To illustrate that point, more than nine in 10 (91 percent) of respondents said they deployed at least one service in the cloud last year. The average number of services deployed ticked up from 2.7 in 2014 to 4.1 in 2015.

But Scott Kinka, Evolve IP’s chief technology officer, pointed to another data set: the increase in self-deployment. The number of businesses deploying to the cloud on their own was more than half (53 percent) – an 11-point increase from last year. However, half of those businesses said they would get the help of a third party if they had to do it again.

“This is a major change from 2014 when just one in four indicated the same,” the survey said.{ad}

Kinka said that’s good news for partners, who may get the nod to help with migration.

“They’re going to be relied on much more heavily,” he told Channel Partners.

Cloud-service providers accounted for 40 percent of third-party companies that helped with deployment, with consultants and VARs at 37 percent and infrastructure providers at 14 percent. The survey pegged reliability, price and customer service as the top criteria for choosing a third party.

Kinka said private cloud won the day when compared to public cloud and on-premises deployments. Half of the respondents said their data would be safest in a private cloud. The survey found that 40 percent of respondents will use a hybrid environment and even less will use a public cloud.

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