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Michael Chalmers

[Infographic] The State of the Public Cloud in the Enterprise

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We asked 250 IT decision-makers at enterprise companies across Europe, USA and APAC within companies of over 5,000 employees about their views on the state of the public cloud within their organisation at the beginning of 2020.

The cloud is causing a massive shift in how businesses are operating and tearing apart previous business models. Below, we look into our findings of why the public cloud is the biggest enabler in a generation.

With difficult economic times ahead, it’s inevitable that spending within IT is dropping. However, the cloud is the only segment that is still growing. From our research, we can see that the public cloud is increasingly becoming a central element of enterprise IT.

We have pulled our top ten most interesting findings from this report to gain a quick and easy insight into how those surveyed felt about the public cloud.

1. The public cloud is widely in use in the enterprise

A whopping 77% of enterprises are using the public cloud in some capacity. Overall, 50% of businesses are utilising a hybrid cloud, 22% single private cloud, 20% multi-cloud, 7% single public cloud and only 1% are using only on-premises.

2. Business-wide use of the public cloud is still rare

Only 13% of businesses have a fully-fledged public cloud program. The largest set of respondents (42%) have multiple apps/projects deployed in the cloud. 24% were still working on initial proofs-of-concept and 18% were in the planning stages.

3. Security and compliance are the biggest barriers to adoption

48% cited that their biggest barrier for not using the cloud was security and 37% stated the need to remain compliant was the most prevalent blocker.

Other challenges also posed a barrier: a lack of skills, the cost to purchase and cloud-native operating models not working with existing investments made up 29-32% of responses.

19% stated that lack of leadership buy-in is the biggest barrier, reflecting that a significant number of IT departments have a need for this solution but have not been provided with the support to do so. However, relatively speaking, this was one of the least-cited barriers.

4. Vendor lock-in is seen as a major concern

63% of IT professionals were ‘somewhat’ or ‘very much’ afraid of the commitment that can come with investing in the cloud. This is another major barrier that is preventing businesses frommigrating to the cloud.

Only 23% are not afraid of being locked in and a meagre 5% have no fear at all. However, the fact that 77% of businesses are using the cloud shows any risk of being locked in is outweighed by the benefits of the cloud.

5. The public cloud is seen as more secure and compliant than on-premises

Despite large numbers seeing security as a barrier for the cloud, a massive 64% of respondents stated they find this more secure than on-premises and only 7% see it to be less secure. 72% found it easier to stay compliant with business data in the cloud versus only 4% who found it harder.

6. Efficiency, scalability and agility are the most-cited technical benefits of the public cloud

A staggering 99% of users saw a significant technical benefit versus on-premises, the top three of these being efficiency, agility and scalability. Only a tiny 1% saw no technical benefits at all.

7. Aligning IT with the business is by far the most-cited business benefit of the public cloud

100% of those surveyed witnessed varied business benefits versus on-premises. Other major benefits include the ability to focus on new revenues (43%), accelerated time-to-market (43%), and increased ROI (40%).

8. The cloud accelerates innovation and increases cost-effectiveness

Innovating in the cloud was quicker for 81% of respondents. What’s more, not one person surveyed said the cloud slowed down their innovation!

79% have saved money with the cloud and only 5% have found it more of an expense than on-premises.

9. The vast majority of enterprises plan on expanding their cloud programs

83% of respondents said they want to grow their cloud program. Almost half (48%) do wish to grow, but with caution, while 36% want to move as quickly as possible.

Only 4% plan to revert to on-premises but are in no rush to do so.

10. Your company matters more than your geography when it comes to the cloud

The location of businesses showed little correlation with responses, rather, the type of business that was surveyed showed the biggest similarities. Overall, the vast majority of enterprises are now using the public cloud in one way or another and a larger percentage of these are planning to remain using the systems.

Find out the rest of the story in the full report!

Our The State of the Public Cloud in the Enterprise report aims to provide data-driven insights into some of the most pertinent questions surrounding how enterprises are using the public cloud.

  • How are enterprises using the public cloud?
  • How mature are public cloud programs and operating models?
  • Which platforms and services are being used?
  • Are clear cloud strategies in place?
  • What are the main barriers to adoption?
  • What are the key technical and business benefits that have resulted?

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