Cloud on fire!

Worldwide cloud adoption trends in 2016

Gabriela Motroc
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This year companies are focusing their attention on private and hybrid clouds. Numbers show that hybrid cloud adoption is on fire while Docker and DevOps’ presence becomes indisputable. 2015 may have been the year of the cloud, but this year it is unstoppable; If surveys are right, we should expect 2016 to become the true year of the cloud.

What do RightScale, Gartner, IDC and Clutch have in common? They all predict that the cloud will become the centre of attention this year. Analyst house Gartner forecasts that the global public cloud services market is likely to reach $204 billion in value by the end on 2016 while a survey conducted by research firm Clutch shows that roughly 90 percent of enterprises intend to increase or at least maintain spending on cloud computing this year.

Global cloud IT infrastructure, encompassing private and public, reached $7.6 billion in last year’s third quarter -cloud infrastructure sales during this period reached 33.8 percent, a visible growth from 2014’s 28.7 percent, IDC noted. Although 2015 was justly dubbed the year of the cloud, healthy growth is expected to occur this year too. The latest RightScale State of the Cloud research report proves that cloud adoption has changed its status from fling to trend.

Highlights from RightScale

RightScale’s report discovered that hybrid cloud adoption has skyrocketed from less than 60 percent in 2015 to over 70 percent this year and private cloud has increased by 14 per cent -from 63 percent to 77 percent over the course of one year. The report surveyed over 1,000 technology professionals at large and small companies across a wide cross-section of industries and found that four in five companies that participated in the survey have at least tried the cloud. Heavy users occupy nearly 30 percent of the total, 26 percent are in their first project, and 25 percent have apps running.

Roughly 17 percent of companies currently have over 1,000 VMs in public cloud, a four percent increase over the course of the past two years, RightScale noted. At the same time, private cloud grew even more as 31 percent of companies are running over 1,000 VMs.

Overall DevOps adoption also grew to 74 percent from 66 percent, with enterprises hitting 81 percent. Docker adoption skyrocketed from 13 percent in 2015 to 27 percent this year, but growth is not expected to halt anytime soon as as 35 percent of respondents are planning to use Docker.

New cloud challenges to face

2016 brings new challenges too. If last year security was the top cloud challenger, this year it was dethroned by the lack of resources or expertise -26 percent of respondents noted that cloud cost management is a significant challenge, but 32 percent said the lack of resources or expertise was by far the biggest challenge. Security was the runner-up, with 29 percent of respondents citing it as a challenge that should not be ignored.

Gartner, Inc. has predicted that the global public cloud services market will increase by 16.5 percent this year to total $204 billion. The analyst house believes that cloud system infrastructure services will bring the highest growth, namely 38.4 percent while cloud advertising is expected to increase by 13.6 percent to hit $90.3 billion -the latter is the biggest segment of the worldwide cloud services market. The cloud system infrastructure services (IaaS) segment is likely to remain this year’s fastest-growing division as Gartner believes it will reach $22.4 billion.

Businesses continue to dip their toes into cloud services and operations, a trend that has been pinpointed by IDC. A January report from the analyst firm revealed that global spending on public cloud services is likely to increase at a 19.4 percent compound annual growth rate. Although IDC did not offer projections on the private cloud market, Clutch has predicted that this segment along with the hybrid market will see the most significant growth from enterprises. The Clutch survey found that 23 percent of respondents are using Microsoft’s cloud services, 22 percent are utilizing AWS, 21 percent Google and 17 percent IBM. Only six percent said they are using Oracle and five percent have indicated that they are using Citrix.

Although the race is tight among the big vendors, smaller vendors now have a window of opportunity in the cloud.


Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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