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The majority of businesses (84%) will move more of their workloads to the cloud over the next two years, according to research.
The study by hybrid cloud company OpsRamp surveyed 137 IT executives from medium to large-sized organisations that already use cloud infrastructure. It found that 91% have been using cloud for more than a year and 51% for more than three years.
The most popular use for the platform was in production (40%), then development and testing (32%) and disaster recovery (20%), while 62% of respondents said the main advantage of cloud was better scalability and flexibility. Furthermore, 94% agreed that it reduced IT setup and maintenance costs.
Half of the respondents said they are developing their cloud maturity, while 29% classed themselves as “mature” and 21% as “emerging”.
The survey found that companies will also increase their spending on cloud platforms. Around 60% of firms use more than 30% of their IT budget on cloud, whereas 80% expect to use more than 30% in the next several years.
Varma Kunaparaju, CEO of OpsRamp, said the results highlight the increasing prominence of the cloud and this is set to continue in the future.
“Cloud is becoming a significantly larger part of [organisations’] IT portfolio – they’re likely to use more than one platform, and oversight and management of these services is paramount,” he said.
“We expect these trends to continue and accelerate over time, as the cost, scalability and flexibility advantages of cloud infrastructure and applications become even more obvious.”
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Security in the cloud was the biggest concern, cited by 58% of respondents. Others felt they need more cloud expertise (19%) and some felt migration would be difficult (15%).
Mahesh Ramachandran, vice-president of product management at OpsRamp, said these are legitimate concerns but security will improve in the future.
“Cloud security and compliance are valid concerns for enterprises. The number of high profile incidents involving leaky AWS S3 buckets has created fear, uncertainty and doubt among IT practitioners,” he said.
“We expect cloud providers to address security and compliance through the introduction of new products and services, training and best practices,” he added.