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Multi-Cloud the Preferred Strategy for Enterprises

Cloud usage by enterprises large and small continues to grow at an absolutely phenomenal rate but that doesn't neccessarily mean companies are making the best use of their spend andinvestment according to RightScale's recently released "2018 State of the Cloud Survey." 

The survey confirms what many industry watchers have expected - that enterprise cloud spending will grow rapidly over the next year.

20 percent of enterprises (companies with more than 1,000 employees), according to the RightScale research, plan to more than double public cloud spend and an additional 17 percent plan to increase cloud spend 50 to 100 percent. Overall, 71 percent of enterprises will grow public cloud spend more than 20 percent.

How much these enterprises are actually spending just might surprise you and put your own hosting bill in perspective.

Rightscale's research indicated that among enterprises with more than 1,000 employees, 26 percent say they spend more than $6 million a year in the public cloud and another 26 percent say they spend between $1.2 million and $6 million a year.

Other highlights from the report include: 

+ The average survey respondent running applications in an average of 3.1 clouds and experimenting in 1.7 more.

+ 68 percent of respondents are running applications on AWS, up from 59 percent one year ago. 23 percent more are either experimenting with apps on AWS or planning to do so in the near future.

+ Microsoft Azure is being used by 58 percent of enterprises, up from 43 percent one year ago, according to RightScale’s data. Another 30 percent either experimenting or planning to run apps on Azure in the future.

“Multi-cloud continues to be the preferred strategy for enterprises, with companies reporting that they use nearly five different clouds on average," said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale. 

"With this multi-cloud approach, Azure is now nipping at AWS’ heels and, in fact, is in a dead heat with AWS among enterprises that are just beginning their cloud adoption.”

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