Business-critical workloads in the public cloud are set to double in the next 24 months

Published: Thursday, 30 June 2016 07:54

Veritas Technologies has released the results of a global survey indicating that nearly three-quarters of enterprises continue to adopt multiple private and public cloud strategies. The findings highlight the need for organizations to adopt solid information management and security strategies.

The study, commissioned by Veritas and conducted by Cicero Group, surveyed 1,800 global IT decision makers in organizations with at least 500+ employees and at least 75TB of data under management. Overall, the research revealed that business-critical workloads in the public cloud are set to double in the next 24 months – roughly the same rate as non-critical workloads – putting pressure on IT departments to ensure their entire business services, not just their infrastructure, are highly available and secure.

The study examined both the rate at which organizations are moving data to the cloud, utilizing both private and public cloud services, as well as the reasoning behind their decisions. The research also appears to disprove some common perceptions about cloud adoption. For example, one traditional view is that less important workloads will migrate to the public cloud first and at a faster rate. While this may have been the case early on, the study found that this is shifting: business-critical workloads including CRM and ERP are moving to the cloud at the same rates statistically - from 25-30 percent - as other, less critical workloads. While these findings indicate an increased trust in moving data of all types to the cloud, it also translates to added pressure for service providers to ensure high availability and avoid downtime, as well as challenges IT departments to have the right data protection strategies in place that can span heterogeneous infrastructure: on and off premise.

Key findings of the study include:

The ‘State of the Hybrid Cloud’ report can be read here (PDF).