Cloud adoption is at an all-time high

Over 90 per cent of organisations are using cloud computing in some form.

According to a new report from CompTIA, finds that 91 per cent of firms are using cloud computing, three-quarters of businesses have between one and five years of experience with cloud solutions and six in 10 companies have more than 40 per cent of their IT architecture in the cloud.

“At the same time that the percentage of cloud-based IT architecture is approaching critical mass, we’re seeing rising interest in cutting-edge trends that are largely driven by cloud computing,” said Seth Robinson, CompTIA’s senior director for technology analysis.

And that shifted focus towards the cloud has been of a benefit with 81 per cent of companies saying that the cloud has enhanced their efforts around automation.

“First and foremost, cloud computing allows users to widen the scope of technology possibilities, whether it’s accelerating existing plans or experimenting with new uses,” Robinson explained. “By engaging with cloud providers, they gain access to powerful new tools without having to make a full investment or build in-house skills.”

CompTIA points out that previous reports might have showed stalled figures due to organisations’ loose definitions or misunderstandings of what constituted cloud computing. The new report signals that many firms have come to a better understanding about what constitutes a real cloud offering and that cloud adoption momentum has picked up.

The clear majority of companies – 83 per cent – have performed some type of secondary cloud migration. Most of these migrations involved a move of either infrastructure or applications to a second cloud provider; done to take advantage of better offerings and features (44 per cent of migrating firms), better security (41 per cent), lower costs (37 per cent), or more open standards (35 per cent).

Half the companies surveyed for the report say they rely on a mix of cloud vendors and third parties for their cloud services. About 40 per cent of firms primarily work directly with cloud vendors.

Another question that had been raised during the early days of cloud adoption had been the role of internal staff, with many fearing that those jobs would shrink in importance or disappear.

“In most instances, the internal IT function has transformed to handle more strategic work as routine tasks are offloaded to cloud providers,” Robinson said. “But specific details of the internal IT role in a cloud-centric environment are still being determined.”

The most common changes that have occurred within internal IT operations are the creation of new policies (51 per cent of companies surveyed) or the updating of existing procedures (50 per cent) to account for the cloud. Security tops the list of policies that have been created or modified, with 71 per cent of companies saying they have focused on new security practices as their cloud use has increased.

Security considerations lead the discussion about cloud skill-building within internal IT teams. New or improved cloud security skills were cited as a need by 69 per cent of companies. Other entries on the skills-building list include app-specific knowledge (59 per cent), virtualisation (53 percent), optimisation (52 per cent), and performance analytics (52 percent).

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