Enterprise Cloud Workloads Will Reach New Heights by 2018

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A recent survey conducted by 451 Research showed that the level of enterprise cloud workloads would grow from 41 percent today to 60 percent in 2018, according to ITworld. The study also indicated strong cloud growth for critical enterprise workloads categories, such as data analytics and business applications.

Rise in Cloud Workloads

The 451 Research study, which included the responses of more than 1,200 IT professionals around the world, indicated that the majority of enterprises anticipate running their workloads in the cloud by mid-2018. Furthermore, 38 percent of enterprises mentioned they have a cloud-first policy. In other words, they prioritize the cloud as their first option for all of their deployments.

In addition to the survey responses, 451 Research used separate interviews conducted with senior IT buyers and IT executives as part of its analysis.

Possible Reasons for the Push Toward the Cloud

According to ITworld, more businesses are moving toward the cloud due to company mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as initiatives that include hardware buys and software upgrades. Furthermore, business executives are gaining cloud confidence and are moving past concerns over its security and privacy, the source noted. Another appeal is that the cloud allows for the agility, flexibility and efficiency that enterprises need as they grow.

“The technology, which allows painless allocation of resources and well-automated provisioning, is suitable for virtually all workloads in all situations,” said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research. “It just makes things work better. And while there’s some transitioning required to put current workloads on a cloud, it’s not really that much. So companies will be migrating workloads to the cloud whether that cloud is on-premise, in a managed service provider data center or in a public cloud data center.”

Some Enterprises Continue to Struggle With Cloud Adoption

Although enterprises are widely aware of cloud benefits, some are slow to adopt the technology. This may be due the transformative process of moving on-premises data and services to the cloud, ITworld suggested.

“I’m never surprised that it takes time to change how you do things,” Gottheil stated. “When things are working, there’s little incentive to change, even if things will be better after the change.”

Despite these challenges, cloud computing is poised for continued growth, specifically in critical enterprise workload categories. And over time, slow adopters should become increasingly confident with what workloads to move to the cloud and the cloud transformation process as a whole — factors that should spur cloud growth to even greater heights.

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Kelley Katsanos

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Kelley Katsanos is a freelance writer specializing in business and technology. She has previously worked in business roles involving marketing analysis and competitive intelligence. Her freelance work appears at IBM Midsize Insider, Houston Chronicle's chron.com, and AZ Central Small Business. Katsanos earned a Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University as well as a bachelor's degree in Business with an emphasis in marketing. Her interests include information security, marketing strategy, and business process improvement.