RightScale: See the Latest Cloud Trends

  • 84 percent of respondents have a multi-cloud strategy.
  • Enterprises are prioritizing a balance of public and private clouds.
  • Organizations leverage almost 5 clouds on average.

RightScale was recently acquired by Flexera, a provider of technology asset management solutions that help enterprises gain insights on how to optimize spend and reduce risk. The same RightScale cloud industry research team that has been producing the State of the Cloud Report for the past eight years has joined Flexera, and has again conducted the annual State of the Cloud Survey and prepared the resulting analysis for the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud report from Flexera.

Enterprises with a hybrid strategy (combining public and private clouds) grows to 58 percent in 2019 from 51 percent in 2018, while the number of organizations with a strategy of multiple public clouds or multiple private clouds declines slightly.

The 2019 State of the Cloud Survey identified several key findings:

84 percent of respondents have a multi-cloud strategy.

  • 84 percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy.
  • Enterprises with a hybrid strategy (combining public and private clouds) grows to 58 percent in 2019 from 51 percent in 2018, while the number of organizations with a strategy of multiple public clouds or multiple private clouds declines slightly.

94 percent of respondents use cloud.

  • Public cloud adoption is 91 percent and private cloud adoption is 72 percent.
  • 69 percent of respondents use at least one public and one private cloud.

Enterprises are prioritizing a balance of public and private clouds.

  • Public cloud is the top priority of 31 percent of enterprises.
  • Many companies are taking a balanced approach, with 28 percent prioritizing hybrid cloud and an additional 17 percent prioritizing public and private cloud equally.

Organizations leverage almost 5 clouds on average.

  • Respondents are already running applications in a combination of 3.4 public and private clouds and experimenting with 1.5 more, for a total of 4.9 clouds.
  • Among those using any public cloud, respondents are currently using 2.0 public clouds and experimenting with 1.8 more.
  • Among those using any private cloud, respondents are currently using 2.7 private clouds and experimenting with 2.0 more.

Enterprise cloud spend is significant and growing quickly.

  • Companies plan to spend 24 percent more on public cloud in 2019 vs. 2018.
  • 13 percent of enterprises spend more than $12 million a year on public cloud, while 50 percent spend more than $1.2 million annually.
  • Public cloud spend is growing 3 times faster than private cloud usage (24 percent vs. 8 percent).
  • SMBs generally have fewer workloads overall and therefore smaller cloud bills, but 11 percent of SMBs still exceed $1.2 million in annual spend.

Companies run a majority of workloads in cloud.

  • Respondents overall run 38 percent of workloads in public cloud and 41 percent in private cloud (which may include cloud-enabled virtual environments).
  • Enterprises run 33 percent of workloads in public cloud and 46 percent in private cloud.
  • SMBs run 43 percent of workloads in public cloud and 35 percent in private cloud.
Azure continues to catch up with AWS overall especially among enterprises, where Azure adoption increases slightly from 58 percent to 60 percent, while AWS adoption in this group is relatively flat at 67 percent.

Azure continues to grow quickly and reduce the AWS lead, especially among enterprises.

  • Overall Azure adoption grew from 45 to 52 percent to narrow the gap with AWS. As a result, Azure adoption has now reached 85 percent of AWS adoption, up from 70 percent last year.
  • Azure continues to catch up with AWS overall especially among enterprises, where Azure adoption increases slightly from 58 percent to 60 percent, while AWS adoption in this group is relatively flat at 67 percent. This puts Azure with 89 percent of the AWS adoption level based on the overall number of respondents using each cloud.
  • Google maintains its third-place position, increasing slightly from 18 to 19 percent adoption.
  • In its second year of availability, VMware Cloud on AWS moves up to fourth position this year, increasing to 12 percent from 8 percent in 2018, a growth rate of 50 percent.
  • Among other public cloud providers that were included in the survey last year, all saw increased adoption this year especially among enterprises, with Oracle growing from 10 to 16 percent (60 percent growth rate), IBM Cloud from 15 to 18 percent (20 percent growth rate), and Alibaba from 2 to 4 percent (100 percent growth rate).

The Cloud Maturity Model

In this report, RightScale uses its Cloud Maturity Model to segment and analyze organizations based on their levels of cloud adoption. The Cloud Maturity Model identifies four distinct stages of cloud maturity. Denoting cloud adoption by organizations from least to greatest experience.

Get the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud Report from Flexera to find out:

  • Trends in cloud adoption among enterprises and SMBs
  • What central IT sees as its top focus in 2019
  • Which public and private clouds are growing most quickly
  • How much enterprises are spending on public cloud
  • What companies are doing to combat wasted spend
  • Which container tools are most in demand

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