At Infinio, we wanted to get a sense of how IT shops were thinking about and using the public cloud as an extension of their on-premises virtualization environments. To that end, we surveyed 1,327 IT practitioners via email during July 2018 and have compiled the results to share.
For each question below, participants were asked to select all options that apply.
1.) How are you currently using the public cloud as an extension of your on-premises virtualization environment (choose all that apply)?:
- We don't use the cloud
- For backups or replication
- For storing archive/cold data
- For running secondary workloads
- For running primary workloads
- We do everything in the cloud
The cloud has clearly become an integral component of our customers' IT infrastructure, with 85% of respondents using the cloud in some capacity.
While most companies use the cloud for just storage, there are almost as many companies using the cloud for production workloads.
Chart 1: summarized results from question one
2.) Who is your public cloud vendor (choose all that apply)?:
- Google Cloud
Amazon and Microsoft still dominate the cloud hosting marketplace, with 67% of respondents using AWS and Azure as their public cloud vendor.
Chart 2: summarized results from question two
3.) How do you choose what data / applications to move to the public cloud from your on-premises virtualization environment (choose all that apply):
- We move data and applications for financial reasons
- We move data and applications for management reasons
- We move our most important data to the cloud
- We move our least important data to the cloud
- We move out highest-intensity workloads to the cloud
- We move our lowest-intensity workloads to the cloud
Respondents choose to move data and applications to the public cloud for a variety of reasons. However, high-intensity workloads and most important data were the least common data / applications that organizations move to the cloud.
Over 44% of respondents move data / applications to the public cloud for management or financial reasons.
Chart 3: summarized results from question three
4.) What storage do you use for the data and workloads that remain on-premises (choose all that apply)?:
- All-flash arrays
- Hybrid arrays
- Spinning arrays
All-flash storage penetration is increasing, but the vast majority (71%) of all storage is still spinning or hybrid.
Chart 4: summarized results from question four
- Over 85% of respondents are currently using the public cloud as an extension of their on-premises virtualization environment.
- Conversely, only 3% of respondents do everything in the public cloud.
- 67% of respondents use either AWS or Azure as their public cloud vendor.
- While adoption of all-flash is increasing, the majority of respondents are using spinning or hybrid arrays for workloads that remain on-premises.
We are very grateful to all our survey respondents who helped us understand what decisions IT organizations are making about the public cloud.