Cloud Users Say Security is Not #1 Concern
Security is no longer the biggest concern among cloud users according to a newly-published survey. RightScale says users are now most concerned about a lack of resources and expertise.
The figure comes from the 2016 State of the Cloud Report, based on the questioning of 1,060 technical professionals, covering businesses of all sizes. It found 32% of respondents thought lack of resources and expertise was a challenge, compared with 29% citing security.
The question, which allowed for multiple responses, revealed other leading concerns as compliance (26%), managing multiple cloud services (25%), and managing costs (24%). It seems professionals are finding challenges increasing overall, with only the complexity of building a private cloud and general performance seen as a challenge by fewer people this year as compared to last.
Cloud use among businesses continues to be almost ubiquitous, with 95% using at least one form of cloud. Hybrid public-private clouds showed the biggest growth, going from use by 58% of businesses to 71%.
Altogether, the average cloud customer is using six different clouds, split evenly between public and private. Perhaps surprisingly, only a little over half of cloud use is for running applications, with the rest dedicated to “experimenting.”
Almost every leading DevOps tool is being used by more businesses this year than last, with Puppet and Chef neck-and-neck in being used by 32% of respondents. The big winner is Docker though, with usage more than doubling from 13 to 27%.
Meanwhile the public cloud market is getting a little bit more competitive. Amazon Web Service remains by far the leader, being used by 57% of respondents. However, that figure has flatlined since last year.
At the same time, Azure, VMWare, IBM and Google all saw modest growth. Azure cemented its second place with its IaaS now being used by 17% (as compared with 12% last year) and its PaaS experiencing an increase from 9 to 13%.
Another notable change is that cloud policy is becoming less of an ad hoc concern for many businesses. The proportion of respondents who said their firm’s central IT operation now controls the selection of a public cloud service has gone up from 34 to 45%, with the respective figure for private clouds rising from 35 to 44%. The survey also revealed that 38% of companies now have an established approval policy when it comes to cloud computing, which is up from 30% last year.
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