One of the early cloud computing survey of 2017 is out and it provides some great insights on evolving trends in this space. This survey is from Interop ITX with inputs from over 300 technology professionals and IT leaders in North America that use or plan to use cloud computing. You can download a copy of this survey report here (requires registration).
I have discussed my observations and shared a slide deck with key highlights of the survey in this blog. While all forms of cloud computing is featured in the survey,major focus is on Infrastructure As A Service format.
Adoption of cloud computing is increasing – Fast!
No surprises here. As cloud computing is the most debated IT topic last year, adoption of all forms of cloud computing like Software, Platform and Infrastructure as service model have increased significantly. Meanwhile on-premise virtualization and private cloud usage is decreasing.
It is an Addiction
About three-fourth of the participants surveyed have responded that they use more than one public cloud service, typically between 2 – 5. It appears once you get a taste of it, you keep going for more.
Big gets Bigger
- All major public cloud service providers like AWS, Azure, Google have seen significant growth in the past 2 years
- Oracle Public Cloud stands up to the billing “Fastest growing cloud service” – virtually non-existent in 2014 (previous survey) to 14% of respondents using in 2016
- Share of many smaller players have decreased significantly, indicating hyperscale providers are winning the battle for public cloud
Hybrid cloud was the buzz word of 2016 which refers to applications partly running on public clouds and partly on private clouds (or on-premise data centers). While its theoretically a great concept, response from early adopters indicate challenges primarily around security, integration and performance. Given the data sensitivity and sovereignty aspects of various industries, hybrid clouds are here to stay and grow and one can expect this area to mature in coming years.
While there are distinct leaders in terms of cloud market share, same cannot be said about cloud management or automation service providers. There are variety of players and technology solutions, including homegrown APIs in play here. At least for PeopleSoft customers this is one less thing to worry about, as the soon to be released ‘PeopleSoft Cloud Manager’ takes care of automation of PeopleSoft workloads in Oracle Public Cloud. For other enterprise workloads on Oracle and other clouds, selection of automation tools will have to be carefully thought out.
A variety of Security related items top the list of risks and concerns for public cloud computing, again no surprises here. However it is emerging that these concerns are less to do with the security of public cloud infrastructure and more to do with implementation and management of application specific security and on-premise interactions. So an emerging challenge here is the lack of experience and maturity with managing security for public and hybrid clouds. In essence, engaging rightly skilled and experienced resources could be paramount to your journey of migrating to cloud.
Expectation vs Reality
Most participants have responded positively when it comes to expected vs realized benefits in migrating to public cloud indicating their key priorities have been addressed. Scalability, faster access to technology and resource advancements, improved performance and cost savings tops the list of both expected and realized benefits.
Interestingly enough one of the biggest challenges of application performance in a cloud, highlighted by most is the ‘adaptability/design of the applications itself’ for cloud computing. In other words when migrating to public cloud for scalability and performance reasons, ensure the application architecture can make use of the cloud capabilities efficiently.
From PeopleSoft application perspective, upgrading to the latest PeopleTools will enable you to realize the true potential of cloud computing. Utilities like Deployment Packages and Automated Configuration Management are purpose built for cloud, enabling dynamic scaling and quick patching of PeopleSoft environments.
Serverless Computing (Futuristic?)
A recent emerging topics in cloud computing is ‘Serverless Computing’ with two distinct trends ‘Functions-As-A-Service’ and ‘Serviceful Architecture’. In simple terms applications when architect-ed as a series of functions, so it no longer need any operations support in order to keep servers up or scale them. Once deployed it is entirely managed by the FAAS provider. This will be an interesting space to keep a watch.
Finally, author of the survey report summarizes the state of the cloud today— especially the public cloud as “It is ever-present and growing. It is a given that public cloud adoption will continue to increase across the board and organizations that can leverage the cloud will continue to beat those that cannot”.
Key survey highlights…
If you are a PeopleSoft customer contemplating your move to cloud, then do not miss this session from Jeff Robbins at Alliance 2017!