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Trends in Enterprise Cloud Computing

on August 29, 2016

Cloud computing has been growing steadily in use over the last several years. Recent surveys are now showing that the cloud is seeing significant growth, with 72 percent of businesses using cloud computing for at least one application at the moment. Since 56 percent of decision makers in technology still determining where the cloud is best put to use, cloud computing is poised to rise steadily. The cloud “boom” seems inevitable—that is but one of several trends in enterprise cloud computing that companies should be aware of and consider adopting.

Important Findings of the IDG Survey

The results of IDG’s 2015 Cloud Computing Survey have led to the following notable predictions of the trends in cloud computing in 2016 and beyond, including:

  • Investments in cloud computing are rising: The majority of these investments are being done by enterprises as opposed to small or mid-sized businesses.
  • The main reasons behind investments into cloud computing: These include a lower total cost of ownership, enablement of business continuity, and the speed of deployment of cloud-based computing applications. 
  • “As-a-service” models of cloud computing use are still significant: There is a movement toward such services such as storage, monitoring, and disaster recovery. 
  • The deciding factors behind which applications businesses are moving to the cloud: These include the sensitivity of the data involved and its importance to the business.
  • The main hurdle to the adoption of cloud computing: This continues to be security concerns. Businesses are refusing to move to the cloud unless cloud vendors can meet their compliance requirements for security.
  • A lack of vendor support: Many organizations already have good working relationships with cloud vendors, but there’s a lack of vendor support for cloud solutions.

Cloud Computing Trends 

Experts in the industry have looked at the above survey results and other information with keen interest and have researched the trends in cloud computing that these results reveal. Some of the key developments in the near future of cloud computing include:

  • The growing adoption of hybrid cloud solutions: The use of public and private clouds by a single user has reached 71 percent, as of 2015.
  • Increased usage across multiple platforms: A single business experiments with an average of six different clouds (three public and three private). Companies run an average of 1.5 applications on public clouds and 1.7 applications on private clouds.
  • Greater workload management: More enterprise workloads are shifting to the cloud, especially onto private clouds.
  • Growing need for resources: The challenge of meeting security requirements may not be the top difficulty cloud computing faces for much longer. A severe lack of resources and expertise in the cloud may soon be the largest challenge for companies looking into adopting these solutions.
  • Amplified management complexity: The challenge of managing cloud costs is increasing in complexity. However, many businesses don’t yet have the expertise to properly optimize savings in cloud costs.
  • Increased usage of enterprise software: 74 percent of organizations have adopted DevOps, and many more have plans to do so. Other platforms, such as Docker and Ansible, are also seeing increased usage.
  • More public cloud options: Amazon Web Services continues to be the leader in public cloud adoption, but Azure’s IaaS and PaaS have shown more growth in the last year.

Companies thinking about moving to the cloud must be aware of the trends within the cloud computing field. Expertise shortages are likely, hybrid cloud adoption is rising, and management of cloud solutions is becoming increasingly complex. Enterprises that are aware of these trends can be prepared and adopt cloud computing solutions accordingly.


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