Stat Watch: Hosting & Data in Focus
The “cloud” is changing the very fabric of business and shows no signs of slowing down.
In the 12 months since RightScale’s last “State of the Cloud Survey,” adoption has increased dramatically. Ninety-four percent of respondents, who represent a broad cross-section of organizations mostly with businesses of less than 100 employees, now use some form of the cloud. The 2014 report shows that among enterprise-level respondents (24 percent), hybrid and multi-cloud implementations continue to be the end goal with 74 percent having a multi-cloud strategy, and 48 percent planning for hybrid clouds. In addition, 15 percent of enterprises expect to use multiple public clouds, and 11 percent are planning for multiple private clouds.
“Enterprises are adopting cloud computing in record numbers and have leveraged growing experience to overcome many of the early challenges including security,” said Michael Crandell, founder and CEO of RightScale. “Large enterprises are complex and understandably deliberate in cloud adoption, yet with increased adoption they continue to unlock more value.”
Despite their progress in cloud adoption, just over half of enterprises have defined the business value they want to get from cloud initiatives or cloud security. Only a minority have defined policies for choosing public or private clouds (36 percent), implementing availability or disaster recovery (32 percent) and managing costs (29 percent).
Speaking of security, it remains the most often cited challenge among cloud beginners (31 percent), defined as those in their first cloud project, but decreases to the fifth most cited (13 percent) among organizations that are heavy cloud users. The survey also indicates that as organizations become more experienced in cloud security options and best practices, the less of a concern the issue of security becomes.