The RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud Report report is based on a survey of 1,060 technical executives, managers, and practitioners that represent organizations of varying sizes across industries and looks at their attitudes to cloud and the platforms and developer tools used .
The report shows hybrid cloud adoption grew significantly with private cloud adoption increasing from 63 percent to 77 percent, driving hybrid cloud adoption up from 58 percent to 71 percent year-over-year.
Those using the cloud typically ran multiple clouds with the average users working with six different cloud solutions and cloud users running applications in an average of 1.5 public clouds and 1.7 private clouds and experimenting with an additional 1.5 public clouds and 1.3 private clouds.
Enterprises are also making significant shifts to the cloud, especially private cloud. Nearly one in five (17 percent) enterprises now have more than 1,000 VMs in public cloud, up from 13 percent in 2014. Private cloud showed even stronger growth with 31 percent of enterprises running more than 1,000 VMs, up from 22 percent in 2014.
In 2015 security finally lost the top slot as the IT managers’ top cloud challenge. The new top challenge is a lack of resources and expertise (cited by 32 percent), supplanting security (cited by 29 percent).Next up was cloud cost management, with 26 percent of respondents identify it as a significant challenge, a steady increase each year from 18 percent in 2013. Cloud cost management provides a significant opportunity for savings, since few companies are taking critical actions to optimize cloud costs, such as shutting down unused workloads or selecting lower-cost cloud or regions.
Overall DevOps adoption rose from 66 to 74 percent, with enterprises reaching 81 percent. With key tools being Chef and Puppet which both saw large growth. However, the largest growth was seen with Docker, where adoption more than doubles to 27 percent vs. 13 percent in 2015; and another 35 percent have plans to use Docker.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to lead in public cloud adoption, but Azure (Iaas and PaaS) are gaining ground. Overall, AWS is used by 57 percent of respondents, flat from last year. Enterprise adoption of AWS grew from 50 percent to 56 percent while adoption by smaller businesses fell slightly from 61 percent to 58 percent. Azure IaaS grows strongly from 12 percent to 17 percent adoption, while Azure PaaS grows from 9 percent to 13 percent.
VMware vSphere continues to lead with strong year-over-year growth, with 44 percent of all respondents report they use it as a private cloud. OpenStack and VMware vCloud Suite both show strong growth and remain tied at 19 percent adoption overall.