How Often is the Public Cloud Being Used Today by Modern Enterprises?

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Cloud-native technology has been shaping the way businesses operate over the past decade. The safe and secure storage of data has evolved rapidly to be able to meet a plethora of requirements across various industries around the world.

Contino recently conducted a study, the full results of which can be found at www.contino.io/insights/infographic-public-cloud-report-2020, to gain a true insight into the use and views of the public cloud within modern enterprises.

Decision-making IT professionals who were employed in businesses with over 5,000 members across the USA, UK and APAC were questioned at the beginning of 2020 to see exactly how cloud-native technology was being used.

Below, we discuss the top ten findings of this study.

1.  The Public Cloud Is Being Used Widely

77% of those surveyed declared their organisation were using the cloud in one way or another and 50% of these IT professionals were utilising the hybrid cloud.

Just 1% of the respondents stated they are still using on-premise solutions, while the remaining of those questioned were using a single private cloud, multi-cloud or a single public cloud.

2.  Business-Wide Public Cloud Is Rare

Just 13% of IT professionals stated their business possesses a fully-fledged public cloud program and the most common use for this was for multiple apps or projects (42%).

24% of businesses were still progressing with their use of the public cloud and 18% remained in the phase of development.

3.  Security & Compliance Pose The Biggest Barriers

Security and compliance are critical in any business and the risk of swaying from these regulations can cause concerns among directors and business owners that use the public cloud can vary hugely between industries.

These were the largest obstacles affirmed within the survey, with 48% declaring concerns over security and 37% worried about compliance.

Although the most cited, these were not the only barriers for businesses implementing cloud technologies. Approximately one-third of businesses lack the skills, resources and the hassle of integrating with current systems prevent them from making the switch to the cloud.

19% showed an eagerness to make the switch but lack of leadership buy-in is preventing them from doing so.

4.  Vendor Lock-In Is A Major Concern

While 23% did state they were not worried about vendor lock-in, 63% said they were reluctant to commit to the cloud as they were ‘somewhat’ or ‘very much’ concerned with vendor lock-in.

5.  The Public Cloud Is Seen As Secure As On-Premises

Despite previous concerns over security measures with the cloud, 64% of those surveyed believe the public cloud benefits greater security than on-premises.

29% witnessed no difference in security between the two and just 7% believed the cloud to be less secure.

6.  Efficiency, Scalability & Agility Were The Most Cited Benefits

99% of users supported efficiency, scalability and agility as the biggest benefits of the public cloud.

Only 1% of respondents stated no technical benefits from its use.

7.  Aligning IT With The Business Is Seen As The Biggest Benefit

100% of IT professionals stated there were various benefits for the business by using the public cloud. 72% saw easier compliance with business data and only 4% found this more difficult.

8.  The Cloud Accelerates Innovation

Accelerated innovation was reported by 81% and no one stated that the public cloud slowed this down or prevented it.

Money was saved by 79% with just 5% stating expenditure was increased.

9.  Most Plan To Expand Cloud Programmes

83% of businesses are now looking to grow their use of cloud programmes. Of these, 48% are looking to proceed with caution but a close 36% are looking to move as fast as possible with this.

A small 4% are looking to return to on-premises systems but have stated they are in no rush to do so.

10. The Company Is More Important Than Location When It Comes To Expanding

When looking for correlation between answers from these IT professionals, location was irrelevant to this.

The sector that each business was in held a lot more relevance when it came to common answers.

From the study, we can conclude that most businesses are now using cloud-native systems in one form or another and most of these are looking to remain using these systems. Despite security and compliance posing as one of the largest barriers in making the switch to the public cloud, most who are already using it reported higher security and a more efficient way to remain compliant.

Vendor lock-in can pose a risk for any new purchase within the IT department, but with 77% of businesses using the cloud, it seems these worries have been out-weighed by the benefits.

Businesses who are reluctant to make the change seem to have not researched into current user ability and reviews and perhaps need to realise from these findings that few experience the issues they were concerned with.