- A recent report from cloud solutions provider RightScale found that 93% of businesses are now using cloud technology in some form.
- The report also found that many businesses are finding the second wave of cloud adoption just as challenging as the first. The report found 88% of businesses are using public cloud technology and 63% are using private cloud. Eighty-two percent have a hybrid cloud strategy.
- The RightScale research also revealed 20% of respondents are now running their enterprise workloads from the cloud. Many businesses now rely on cloud for storing valuable data, which is challenging due to complex integration.
Results of RightScale's 2015 State of the Cloud report indicate that the cloud has become an essential part of modern IT.
More than half say their enterprise applications are built on cloud-friendly technology. Sometimes that requires organizations to shift between public cloud providers, or to a hybrid model, and each migration brings an additional wave of integration challenges, said Arindam Ray Chaudhuri, COO at Agreeya Solutions.
"If companies are looking for greater compliance and corporate governanace, they may shift to a hybrid model to get the best of the both worlds,” Chaudhuri said. “They'll use the cloud for non-sensitive, non-critical information they can store cheaply. But they'll keep sensitive data in a private cloud or on-premise so they have greater control.”
Another challenge to CIOs is the fact that various lines of business within a company can now easily access, purchase and use cloud-based technology.
The RightScale survey revealed that just 62% of respondents' IT departments were still driving decisions about cloud technology.