Majority of workloads will go to cloud in 2020

The aggressive adoption of cloud is supported by a further move towards containers and microservices.
16 January 2020

AWS sign at its offices in SOMA district. Source: Shutterstock

If we needed evidence of cloud computing’s success, that AWS revenue has risen from US$300 million in 2009 to become a US$32 billion business today, is fairly substantial. 

“What began as a movement to provide companies with easier and more cost-effective access to IT infrastructure has become the most important computing development in history,” opens a new report by AllCloud which cements the trajectory of what is, simply, access to ‘computers on the internet’. 

According to the Cloud Infrastructure Report, featuring responses from more than 150 IT decision-makers at organizations where at least 300 employees were using cloud infrastructure, 85 percent of organizations expect to shift the majority of their workloads cloudwards by the end of the year, while just shy of a quarter (24 percent) plan to be “cloud-only”. 

At present, around seven in 10 already run at least half of their workloads on the cloud. 

The firm said the findings supported its own client feedback: that firms are now comfortable and familiar with the technology, and are ready to explore further benefits and new ways to use it. 

“What was once a simple implementation or a single workload migration to the cloud has now transformed into a complete infrastructure, platform and application modernization,” AllCloud said on the findings. 

The continued and “aggressive” move to the cloud will come hand-in-hand with a further move towards new technologies, such as containers and microservices. More than 56 percent of respondents said at least half of all their cloud workloads are using these technologies. 

The adoption of containerized workloads adds efficiency, consistency, and ease of management to cloud strategies. In particular, AllCloud has seen an increase in the number of clients that are planning to implement Kubernetes.

Given AllCloud’s focus on supporting AWS, the report was centered on the use of this particular service and its extensive network of managed service providers (MSPs).

These are providing 43 percent of organizations with outside support for more than half of their workloads. Database MSPs, in particular, have seen the biggest leap, simplifying the process of migration. There is also a growing understanding that organizing and managing data is a necessary foundational service and strategy, allowing businesses to set the stage for analysis and broader cloud goals. 

More than a fifth of respondents (21 percent) said they’d be looking to enlist database MSPs in the coming year, while the “limitless use cases” of IoT for business are proving attractive for 17 percent. 

However, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of respondents in the study claimed their company used a hybrid cloud approach: “This reinforces the flexibility of the AWS platform, which easily works with other infrastructure and technology solutions,” the report noted. 

“These hybrid collaborations are sometimes short-term, while others come down to necessity.”

Owed to AWS’ partnership with VMware, almost three-quarters of enterprise private cloud workloads are using its virtualization services which underlines the need for continued integration between the two platforms, AllCloud said. 

“The existing partnership is likely to grow stronger and broader, with more accessibility released between the technologies. This will allow a faster rate of enterprise adoption for organizations that want to leverage the benefits of the cloud.”

Interestingly, despite the expense of cloud computing services being a commonly-cited concern, cost (14 percent) ranked just fourth as the main deciding factor when it comes to deciding on a cloud platform of choice. 

Security (28 percent) was ranked first priority, while reliability (26 percent) and flexibility (22 percent) were also top considerations.