Cloud Adoption Stats And Trends For 2020

Cloud Adoption Stats And Trends For 2020

By Published On: September 30, 2020Categories: Tech Trends

The idea of having your information stored in a remote space that you access through the internet is no longer strange to businesses.

Adoption of cloud technology has been steadily rising in 2020, and multiple survey results reinforce that. With reference to O’Reilly Media’s Cloud Adoption in 2020 report and a recent JetBrains survey, let’s breakdown some of the key trends:

According to the O’Reilly report, at least 88% of respondents claimed to use some sort of cloud computing service. The definition was widened to include other similar hosted services.

This was to make up for the fact that many respondents had a limited view of their organization’s scope of cloud usage. Only about 10% said they did not use the cloud at all.

Factors Influencing Usage

The main reasons among those that don’t use the cloud included: organizational preference for on-premises storage, costs, and migration concerns respectively.

The other minor factors deterring cloud usage were regulatory requirements, lack of talent and vendor lock-in concerns.

Small vs Large Entities

Adoption has been spread evenly across various organization sizes. Roughly half of the respondents were from organizations with less than 1000 employees.

Around 28% of all respondents were from entities with 1 to 100 people. Over a quarter work for organizations with 10,000 employees or more.

Major Industries Using the Cloud

Software, finance, and consulting took up the top three spots for top industries to use the cloud. Electronics & hardware, government and healthcare followed closely behind.

Retail/ecommerce, higher education, telecommunications plus entertainment/media filled the remaining slots in that order.

It is important to remember that due to the nature of this product (technology-based), the software industry is highly likely to be an early (or mid-stage) adopter.

What are the Main Use Cases?

More than half (52%) of the organizations surveyed used Microservices. With Microservices, a single application will have other smaller and slightly related components that are used in combination with it or deployed independently.

Microservices came in handy for software development. The Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) use case surged to nearly 35% of respondent organizations.

This is mainly about applying software engineering principles towards solving operational and infrastructural problems. Serverless scenarios (in this case, having a function as a service) were at almost 34%.

Amongst respondent organizations, 36% have deployed AI (Artificial Intelligence) services. Roughly 47% hope to do the same within the next three years.

Public vs Private & Others

Public cloud dominated usage, claiming over 61% of the usage share, with on-premises deployment coming in second, just shy of 49% of the usage share.

Hybrid cloud, a combination of public cloud services and on-premises private cloud infrastructure was third, with roughly 39% usage.

Private cloud on its own had about 35% usage, while multi-cloud scenarios (several cloud computing and storage services in a single homogeneous network) were at 24% in usage. The use of multiple cloud services stood at 54% of the respondents.

Amongst public cloud services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) led with about 67% of the usage share. Microsoft Azure came in second, with up to 48% usage, and Google Cloud Platform sat in third place with 32% of the share.

IBM, Oracle, and Alibaba rounded out the list in that order. AWS maintained its lead in the JetBrains survey too, at 62%, while Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud swapped places, with 25% and 30% usage respectively.

Projected Usage

At least 90% of the respondents expect to increase their usage of cloud-based infrastructure. Nearly a quarter of the respondents expect to move all their applications to the cloud within a year.

Another 34% of respondents expect to shift only a quarter of their applications to the cloud in the next 12 months.

What Are the Most In-Demand Skills for A Smooth Migration to The Cloud?

Cloud security (65%), monitoring (58%) and general cloud knowledge (56%) took the top three spots. Almost 56% found expertise in containers and Kubernetes to be vital as well.

48% of respondents selected 6 or more of the 10 skills listed, 85% selected at least 3 skills, and 15% selected all 10. This shows that adopters feel there is a need to upskill.

For a more detailed look at other areas like the demographics of respondents, and in-depth interpretations of the statistics, read the full report here.

Are you wondering what route to take as you adopt cloud-based infrastructure? Let the experts at ASB Resources guide you on what personnel to use, cloud types to pick, and more. Schedule a call with one of our experts today!

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