Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Top Cloud Computing Trends of 2015

A 2015 survey conducted by RightScale, one of the leading cloud computing managers in the world, shed some light on the latest trends in cloud computing. While cloud storage is still in its early childhood, the revolutionary data storage solution has taken the tech industry by storm. From rapid adoption to hybrid strategies, here are the top cloud computing trends of the year.

Hybridization

While the vast majority of workplaces have seen the many benefits of cloud computing, most are reluctant to entrust everything to the cloud just yet. The RightScale survey found that 82 percent of enterprises now have a hybridized strategy that involves both the cloud and traditional means of storage. That number was up significantly from 74 percent in 2014. While experts continue to speculate on this reluctance to fully adopt cloud computing, many professionals and enterprises alike are drawn by the apparent permanency of having traditional storage as a backup.

Public vs. Private

It seems that adopters prefer different forms of the cloud for different things. An impressive 88 percent of enterprises utilize the public cloud, while 63 percent use the private cloud. Enterprises clearly favor the public cloud, while organizations tend to prefer the private cloud for workloads. These figures are telling as to the future applications of cloud computing and its impact on the world of enterprise.

While the public cloud is clearly in the lead when it comes to overall adoption, larger scale enterprises show a defined preference for the private cloud. Some virtualized environments that have been redesigned may be labeled as private clouds, partially explaining the trend. Nonetheless, the public cloud is expected to grow significantly over a short period of time. 27 percent of enterprises expect to have more than 1,000 Vms in the public cloud within the next year. Experts suggest that as time progresses, enterprises may begin to divide cloud usage equally between public and private clouds for maximum workload efficiency.

Applications

While workplaces are becoming more and more reliant on the cloud, much of the workload is still left to traditional software. 68 percent of all enterprises run one-fifth or less of their applications in the cloud. Surprisingly, 55 percent of enterprises admit to keeping a large percentage of their application portfolios off the cloud. While these enterprises utilize cloud-friendly infrastructures, they are not even coming close to utilizing the cloud fully across workloads.

While the low rate of cloud application usage may seem like a negative to cloud development, experts suggest that this could actually lead to more growth in the long run. There is still plenty of space in the cloud for more applications, and as offerings in the IaaS field continue to grow, adopters may be drawn in by the vast array of possibilities for applications in the cloud.

DevOps and Docker

The survey found that DevOps adoptions rose to 66 percent overall, with a 71 percent enterprise adoption increase. These promising figures show that DevOps truly is the software development method of the future with a focus on communication and clarity. Docker adoption is also on the rise with as many as 13 percent of organizations utilizing the development platform and another 35 percent acknowledging plans for future use.

AWS and Azure

Thus far, AWS has dominated the cloud computing scene with an impressive adoption rate of 57 percent across all enterprises. Azure IaaS comes in at a distant second with a 12 percent adoption rate, but experts warn against labeling the platform at second rate. Azure's adoption rate doubled from 6 percent in 2014, making it a viable competitor for AWS. By 2018, it is estimated that 59 percent of all cloud workloads will be through Software-as-a-Service applications, marking a huge increase from 41 percent in 2013. This growing market promises to host plenty of competition both for developed platforms like AWS and steadily growing ones like Azure.

Increased Spending

Goldman Sach reports that overall spending on cloud computing is expected to grow 30 percent annually between 2013 and 2018. This growth rate is remarkable considering the overall IT industry's projected growth rate of 5 percent. Such figures make it obvious that the IT world is ready for more cloud computing solutions and will become increasingly dependent on cloud development platforms for storage and workload performance.

As the cloud computing industry continues to grow, enterprises are treated to an ever expanding market of applications and platforms to use. Not only is cloud computing running workloads more efficiently than ever, but enterprises are utilizing the cloud in its various forms more in 2015 than they ever have before.

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