IT leaders expect mass migration to the cloud

With the goal of avoiding “cloud lock-in,” 75 percent of companies surveyed expect to work with different providers for their cloud requirements.

Jeff Rowe | Nov 13, 2017 12:00 am

A significant majority of IT leaders from all sectors are expecting to move a greater proportion of their workloads to the cloud in the next two years by adopting multi-cloud strategies and “cloud-native” infrastructures.

That’s one key finding from a new report released by hybrid cloud IT operations management provider OpsRamp. The study, which polled IT leaders in companies with 500 or more employees, also found that public cloud services are grabbing a bigger share of IT budgets, and that security remains the primary reason why some companies are still staying on the sidelines.

“Enterprises are figuring out how to migrate, manage, and optimize cloud workloads,” the report noted, and “most IT executives believe they’re just getting started with public cloud . . . 71 percent (of those surveyed) believe they are still at the emerging or developing stages of cloud maturity. Only 29 percent think their cloud practices have reached a state of maturity.”

In other findings, more than half of respondents say they have been using public cloud for more than three years, with 7 percent saying they have done for more than seven. As for the benefits of “cloud-native” infrastructure, scalability and flexibility, cited by 62 percent of those polled, came out on top, ahead of reduced capital investments and consumption-based pricing models. More than half added that 30 percent to 50 percent of IT budgets would be cloud-based in the near future, while an additional 27 percent said more than half their IT budget would be.

“The survey results are consistent with what we’re hearing from customers and partners,” said Varma Kunaparaju, OpsRamp co-founder and CEO in a statement. “Cloud is becoming a bigger part of their IT portfolio, they’re likely to use more than one cloud platform, and oversight and management of cloud services is paramount. “We expect these trends to accelerate over time, as the cost, scalability and flexibility advantages of cloud services become even more obvious.”