Top Initiative - Optimize Cloud Costs
survey of corporate cloud users, including 1,002 technology
professionals at large and small enterprises across a broad
cross-section of industries offered insight into cloud adoption trends.
“The RightScale 2017 survey showed that enterprise multi-cloud and
hybrid cloud adoption continues to grow, and even with that growth,
challenges are decreasing,” said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale.
“Companies report using 8 different clouds on average; optimizing cloud
costs is the top cloud initiative; cloud challenges, including security
concerns, continue to abate; and Docker continues its phenomenal growth.
We also saw AWS adoption remain flat, while #2 Azure continued to gain
ground on leader AWS.”
the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report include:
Cloud Is the Preferred Enterprise Strategy, but Private
Cloud Adoption Fell: 85 percent of enterprises have a
multi-cloud strategy, up from 82 percent in 2016.
However, private cloud adoption fell from 77 percent to
72 percent as focus shifts to public cloud.
Users Leverage Many Clouds: Public cloud users are
already running applications in an average of 1.8 public
clouds while experimenting with 1.8 more. Private cloud
users are leveraging 2.3 private clouds today and
experimenting with an additional 2.1 private clouds.
Companies Run a Majority of Workloads in Cloud:
Respondents run 41 percent of workloads in public cloud
and 38 percent in private cloud. Among enterprises,
respondents run 32 percent of workloads in public cloud
and 43 percent in private cloud.
Significant Wasted Cloud Spend Drives Users to Focus On
Costs: Optimizing cloud costs is the top initiative
across all cloud users (53 percent) and especially among
mature cloud users (64 percent). Respondents estimate 30
percent of cloud spend is wasted, while RightScale has
measured actual waste between 30 and 45 percent. Despite
an increased focus on cloud cost management, only a
minority of companies are taking critical actions to
optimize cloud costs, such as shutting down unused
workloads or selecting lower-cost clouds or regions.
Enterprise Central IT Teams Take a Stronger Cloud Role:
Enterprise central IT has a broader view of its cloud
role in 2017 that includes selecting public clouds (65
percent), deciding/advising on which apps move to cloud
(63 percent), and selecting private clouds (63 percent).
In comparison, respondents in business units are less
likely to delegate authority to central IT for selecting
public clouds (41 percent), deciding/advising on which
apps move to cloud (45 percent), and selecting private
clouds (38 percent).
Challenges Decline Overall — Expertise, Security, and
Spend Tie For #1: Lack of resources/expertise, the #1
cloud challenge in 2016, was less of a challenge in 2017
with only 25 percent citing it as a major concern, down
from 32 percent in 2016. Concerns about security also
fell to 25 percent vs. 29 percent last year. Managing
cloud spend fell only slightly from 26 to 25 percent to
tie for the biggest challenge. The most cited challenge
among mature cloud users is managing costs (24 percent)
while among cloud beginners it is security (32 percent).
Shoots Into the Lead for DevOps Tools: Overall DevOps
adoption continued to rise from 74 to 78 percent with
enterprises reaching 84 percent. 30 percent of
enterprises are adopting DevOps company-wide, up from 21
percent in 2016. Overall Docker adoption surged to 35
percent, taking the lead over Chef and Puppet at 28
percent each. Kubernetes adoption also grew to 14
percent from 7 percent in 2016. Many respondents use
Docker through container-as-a-service offerings from
cloud providers including AWS ECS (35 percent), Azure
Container Service (11 percent), and Google Container
Engine (8 percent).
Increases Market Penetration, Reducing the AWS Lead:
Overall Azure adoption grew from 20 to 34 percent of
respondents, while AWS stayed flat at 57 percent of
respondents. Google also grew from 10 to 15 percent to
maintain third position. Azure also reduced the AWS lead
among enterprises; Azure increased adoption
significantly from 26 percent to 43 percent while AWS
adoption in this group increased slightly from 56
percent to 59 percent.
Cloud Users Still Have a Larger Footprint in AWS: AWS
holds a significant lead in the number of VMs its users
are running: 28 percent of respondents have more than
100 VMs in AWS, while only 13 percent have more than 100
VMs in Azure. Among enterprises, 38 percent have 100+
VMs in AWS, and 21 percent have 100+ in Azure.
Cloud Adoption Flattens: VMware vSphere continues to
lead with 42 percent adoption, slightly below last year
(44 percent). OpenStack (20 percent), and VMware vCloud
Suite (19 percent) were also flat in growth. Azure
Pack/Stack was the only private cloud technology to show
significant growth, up from 9 percent to 14 percent.
conducted its annual State of the Cloud Survey in January
2017. The survey questioned technical professionals across a
broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of
cloud computing. The 1,002 respondents range from technical
executives to managers and practitioners and represent
organizations of varying sizes across many industries. Their
answers provide a comprehensive perspective on the state of
the cloud today. The margin of error is 3.07 percent.