The adoption of cloud technology by companies of all sizes is hitting mainstream levels. New research indicates that at least 42% of companies are adopting a cloud-first or cloud only strategy. An additional 49% of companies are adopting cloud technologies in key aspects of their business infrastructure.
Recent research, led by North Bridge Growth Equity Venture Partners and research analyst firm Wikibon, shows that over 90 percent of companies are using the cloud in a meaningful way. It’s clear that the cloud discussion has shifted from “should we move to the cloud?” to “when are we moving to the cloud and how will we do it?”.
In this series, we look at four trends to look out for in 2017 that will aid in your company’s transition and ultimately it’s adoption of a cloud based, cloud-first business infrastructure. If you haven’t already read Part 1 of our Azure Cloud Adoption Trends for 2017 take a moment to read it first.
Part 2 : Blockers to Cloud Adoption are Changing.
While security continues as the top concern with using cloud, overall concern has dropped significantly since 2015. Interestingly, 50 percent of respondents cite security as a benefit of using cloud, while 50 percent say security is a barrier. We should expect this to continue to tip in favour of cloud as a benefit moving forward.
While security concerns are diminishing, privacy concerns are rising. In 2011, privacy didn’t even make the top list and has now risen to the number 3 spot of cloud concerns. With new regulations such as GDPR it makes sense that privacy concerns are on the rise, and this will likely continue to increase. This also means that the privacy policies and privacy track record of the global cloud providers should expect to come under greater scrutiny.
For the first time, concerns over vendor lock-in rose to the second highest spot. In this way, the cloud is no different than on-premises technology, and customers need to know they can change course if and when needed. The balance for organisations is which mixture of cloud technology to tap into for their different needs. SaaS-based business systems are the most efficient, but are equally non-portable as their on-premises equivalents. Platform services provide greater development efficiency than infrastructure as a service (IaaS), but can be less portable.
Fundamentally, the cloud doesn’t change vendor lock-in concerns or dynamics, but the reality in technology choices continues.
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