Cloud Adoption Is Fueling IT Transformation
Mature cloud technology, software-defined infrastructure, containers, and DevOps are being pursued to improve agility, reduce risk and decrease expenses.
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Thanks to Terri Schlosser, Head of Product and Solution Marketing at SUSE for sharing the findings of their 2017 global study of IT professionals.
Cloud adoption is booming, driving IT transformation in the modern enterprise, with organizations taking advantage of software-defined infrastructure (SDI), containers and DevOps to keep pace with the demands of today’s markets.
The study provides insights into what is driving the rapid growth and momentum of new technologies and strategies, and why these are vital to IT professionals looking to support their transformation initiatives as they seek to improve agility, reduce risk and decrease operational expenses. Study insights include:
- Cloud growth continues with a strong shift to hybrid: Cloud technology has matured to the extent that many businesses are adopting a cloud-first or even a cloud-only strategy. Growth is expected to continue for all types of cloud, especially hybrid (66 percent of respondents) and private cloud (55 percent), with 36 percent seeing public cloud growing. More than 60 percent of respondents cited cost reduction as a reason for cloud adoption, with other reasons being to improve developer and programmer productivity (59 percent), consolidation of the data center (58 percent), and improvement of overall business agility and innovation (57 percent). Private and hybrid models are preferred for business-critical workloads, with 89 percent of respondents stating they would like to shift from development in public cloud to production in their own private cloud.
- SDI is the future: 95 percent of respondents believe software-defined infrastructure is the future of the data center. Terri believes this is a function of the need to remain agile as demands and data scales. These individuals see several business and technology advantages with SDI, including faster delivery of IT resources (65 percent), simplified data center management (63 percent), and the enablement of modern IT approaches such as DevOps and hybrid cloud (51 percent).
- DevOps moves from hype to reality: Companies are prioritizing a DevOps approach, with 86 percent of respondents seeing DevOps as part of their future IT strategy. Executing on DevOps successfully can be complex, but SDI can provide the flexible and modular cloud infrastructure ideally suited for a true DevOps approach. That does beg the question of what's going to happen to the 14 percent of companies who do not see DevOps as part of their future IT strategy.
- Container adoption continues to gain traction: 27 percent of companies are currently using containers, with another 44 percent planning to use them in the next 12 months. Many see containers as an enabler for DevOps, as they help organizations better allocate resources, speed up the development of applications and improve reliability and cloud portability.
- Skills and experience still a top concern: Nearly three-fourths of organizations are still concerned about the lack of available skillset in the market when moving to the cloud, with the same number concerned about the lack of skills within their own organization. Accordingly, IT leaders say it’s important to address and enhance skills in private cloud (97 percent), hybrid cloud (94 percent) and analytics (93 percent), along with emerging areas such as IoT (91 percent), DevOps (89 percent), containers (85 percent) and OpenStack (85 percent). More than half say the responsibility for developing new IT skills lies with employees rather than the organization.
With many companies shifting toward private and hybrid cloud solutions, OpenStack is becoming increasingly popular. Of the companies surveyed, 23 percent have already deployed OpenStack (up from 15 percent in 2015 — a 53% increase!). A total of 82 percent are using or plan to use OpenStack. Companies are turning to this open source private cloud technology because of its flexibility, integration opportunities, and an opportunity to reduce overall costs.
“Today, every business is a digital business, and adopting a flexible, agile software-defined infrastructure can make the difference between success and failure,” said Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE CTO. “SUSE’s view, borne out by thousands of successful enterprise deployments, is that innovation and adaptability inherent in open source software is ideal for customers who are meeting today’s IT requirements while preparing for a successful tomorrow.”
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