Multicloud, Hybrid Cloud Adoption Growing


… 23 percent of the time.

Flexera's Kim Weins

Flexera’s Kim Weins

“Getting cloud costs under control requires new capabilities for IT organizations,” Kim Weins, vice president of cloud strategy at Flexera, told Channel Partners. “They need to shift the mindset and processes from one of discrete purchases of IT assets to one of continuous management of IT resources. In addition, they need new tools to analyze the huge volume of data associated with cloud spend and they need automated policies that can continually optimize these fast-changing environments.”

Enterprises also are creating more cloud “centers of excellence” to improve cloud governance, according to the survey. Two-thirds (66 percent) of enterprises now have a central cloud team or center of excellence, while another 21 percent are planning them.

In addition, they’re also adopting tools like containers, Kubernetes and configuration products that are important for operating in the cloud.

“The growth of containers has been astronomical over the last several years and Kubernetes is winning as a container scheduler,” Weins said. “The adoption of containers is becoming a common strategy for both new cloud applications and migrating existing workloads to cloud. Combining containers with DevOps tools for continuous configuration and continuous integration provides the critical set of capabilities needed to succeed in the DevOps-oriented world of cloud.”

The survey also touched on the competition among public cloud providers, a market that has been dominated by AWS. According to Synergy Research analysts, AWS has a market share that is more than the next four providers combined, but they noted that during 2018, Microsoft, Google and Alibaba all saw revenue gains.

The RightScale report found that Azure is chipping away at AWS’ lead, particularly among enterprises. Seventy-seven percent of respondents said in 2019 they are using or experimenting with AWS, with another 7 percent saying they plan to use the cloud provider. For Azure, those numbers were 68 percent and 9 percent; however, compared to last year, Azure saw a bump in the percent of respondents who said they are using Azure, from 45 percent, to 52 percent in 2019. For AWS, that number fell from 64 percent to 61 percent. Among enterprises, Azure’s numbers increased slightly, with Azure adoption now at 85 percent of AWS adoption, up from 70 percent last year. Wein said Microsoft has been gaining ground over the past few years, adding that Google also is seeing momentum.

“This has been driven by Microsoft investing in rapid improvements and expansion of the Azure capabilities, as well as their deep relationships with businesses,” she said. “The most interesting statistic from Google is their higher level of adoption by more experienced cloud users. We see that as organizations gain more experience with cloud, they start to get more interested in some of Google’s advanced technologies as well as their competitive pricing.”

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