Cloud adoption is on the rise across its three predominant flavors (SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS), according to the 2016 State of Cloud Computing Survey from Interop ITX and InformationWeek. Seventy percent of respondents use SaaS today, up from 64% in 2014. IaaS is up to 57% vs. 49% in 2014. PaaS is at 44%, a 5% bump from two years ago.
Cloud adoption is also likely to continue to increase. For instance, 15% of respondents said that in the next 24 months, three quarters or more of their IT services would be delivered from the cloud. That’s almost quadruple the number from 2014.
Another 24% of respondents say that half to three quarters of their services will be cloud-based, up from 16% two years ago. Meanwhile, back in 2014, 8% of respondents declared they would use no cloud services at all in the next two years.
That number today? Just 1%.
In the early days of cloud computing, much of business rationale for adoption focused on cost, including the shift from CapEx to OpEx, as well as potential savings that might be gained by moving infrastructure and operations tasks to a provider (and perhaps cutting an IT employee or two in the process).
In this survey, however, business agility seems to be top of mind for respondents because the top three reasons for cloud adoption are
- Greater scalability
- Higher performance
- Better and/or faster access to technology resources
To me that signals that businesses have a more realistic understanding of the value of cloud services. The “cloud is cheaper” argument never matched reality; in fact, a new crop of vendors have emerged that monitor cloud consumption and rightsize instance resources to help customers get a handle on costs.
Thirty-five percent of respondents say they support a hybrid cloud infrastructure (that is, the ability to move an application and data from a private cloud to a public cloud and back).
That number seemed surprisingly high to me given the complications around application and data portability and networking challenges. However, the survey dug a little deeper. Of those respondents who say they support a hybrid infrastructure, only 26% say they can actually deploy applications in either environment. Another 28% say they could, but they’re still piloting. Another 13% say they are developing this capability and expect to have it within the next 12 months.
The full report, written by Xceligent CIO Joe Emison, includes 30 charts of survey results. You can download a copy of the report here (registration required).