Cloud adoption is driving IT transformation in the modern enterprise, with organizations taking advantage of software-defined infrastructure (SDI), containers and DevOps to keep pace with the demands of today’s markets. That’s according to the 2017 global study of IT professionals commissioned and released by enterprise open source infrastructure solution provider SUSE.
The study provides insights into what is driving the rapid growth and momentum of new technologies and strategies, and why these are vital to IT professionals looking to support their transformation initiatives as they seek to improve agility, reduce risk and decrease operational expenses. Here are some facts every CIO driving cloud for IT transformation should know.
1. Cloud growth continues with strong shift to hybrid – Cloud technology has matured to the extent that many businesses are adopting a cloud-first or even a cloud-only strategy. Growth is expected to continue for all types of cloud, especially hybrid (66 percent of respondents) and private cloud (55 percent), with 36 percent seeing public cloud growing.
More than 60 percent of respondents cited cost reduction as a reason for cloud adoption, with other reasons being to improve developer and programmer productivity (59 percent), consolidation of the data center (58 percent), and improvement of overall business agility and innovation (57 percent). Private and hybrid models are preferred for business-critical workloads, with 89 percent of respondents stating they would like to shift from development in public cloud to production in their own private cloud.
2. SDI is the future – 95 percent of respondents believe software-defined infrastructure is the future of the data center. These individuals see several business and technology advantages with SDI, including faster delivery of IT resources (65 percent), simplified data center management (63 percent), and the enablement of modern IT approaches such as DevOps and hybrid cloud (51 percent).
3. DevOps moves from hype to reality – Companies are prioritizing a DevOps approach, with 86 percent of respondents seeing DevOps as part of their future IT strategy. Executing on DevOps successfully can be complex, but SDI can provide the flexible and modular cloud infrastructure ideally suited for a true DevOps approach.
4. Container adoption continues to gain traction – 27 percent of companies are currently using containers, with another 44 percent planning to utilize them in the next 12 months. Many see containers as an enabler for DevOps, as they help organizations better allocate resources, speed up the development of applications and improve reliability and cloud portability.
5. Skills and experience still a top concern – Nearly three-fourths of organizations are still concerned about the lack of available skillset in the market when moving to cloud, with the same number concerned about the lack of skills within their own organization. Accordingly, IT leaders say it’s important to address and enhance skills in private cloud (97 percent), hybrid cloud (94 percent) and analytics (93 percent), along with emerging areas such as IoT (91 percent), DevOps (89 percent), containers (85 percent) and OpenStack (85 percent). More than half say the responsibility for developing new IT skills lies with employees rather than the organization.