According to Flexera’s latest report, Today’s Cloud: Mostly Multicloud, Hybrid, and AWS Narrowly Leading Azure Multicloud, and hybrid cloud implementations are a hot topic among organizations around the world. Flexera also found a narrowing gap between cloud leader Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Flexera’s “State of the Cloud” survey, available here with registration, collects responses from 750 technical professionals from all over the world. It covers a wide range of organizations. The majority of respondents reported strong multicloud presence within their organizations, while 80 percent reported using hybrid cloud strategies. These numbers are still high, but they show a slight decline in the survey’s last year. The report stated that this year’s survey looked into hybrid cloud strategies and the different combinations they use. “76 percent of those enterprises said they are incorporating multiple public cloud providers, while 56 percent reported using more than one private service provider. 43 percent of respondents use a combination of public and private cloud services. This report, like other reports, measures the use of different cloud platforms. The Top 3 cloud platforms have been AWS and Azure for years. This ranking is still valid for 2021, however Flexera claims that Microsoft is now catching up with AWS. It’s important to remember that adoption, which is the use of a cloud provider by an organization, is only one factor that influences revenue growth for that provider,” the report stated. Other factors include spending, virtual machines (VMs), and PaaS usage. The report stated that AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud were the top three public cloud providers, the same as previous years. There is a key difference in 2021. “Among enterprises, Azure has been tied with AWS in terms of breadth and adoption.” Furthermore, Azure now has 96 percent of AWS’s adoption rate, whereas Azure and AWS adoption rates have increased in enterprises. Flexera also highlighted other highlights in the report.

  • COVID and acceleration in public cloud usage: Nearly one third of all enterprises (more that 1,000 employees) spend more $12 million annually on public cloud. In the next 12 months, more than half of enterprise workloads will be in the public clouds. A vast majority of respondents (90%) answered a question regarding COVID-19 and expect public cloud usage to surpass plans due to the pandemic.
  • The adoption of public cloud is changing: Azure continues to close the gap with AWS in enterprise adoption and the number of VMs. 16 percent of enterprises who spend more than $12 million on public clouds said they use AWS, 14% on Azure, and 8 percent on Google Cloud.
  • Private cloud adoption: VMware continues to lead the private cloud market (36%). Azure Stack usage is at 35%, while OpenStack and AWS Outpost are both at 28%. SMBs are less likely to adopt private cloud services than enterprises.
  • Understanding cloud initiatives and metrics Cloud migration was a key initiative for 59 percent of advanced users.
  • Security, spend, governance, and expertise are the top challenges. Overall, 81% of respondents consider cloud security a challenge, followed closely by cloud spending at 79 percent, and cloud governance at 75%.
  • Organizations have difficulty managing growing cloud spending: Respondents estimate that 30% of cloud spend is wasted. While respondents aren’t using all discount options offered by cloud providers, their adoption is increasing. Users are starting to use automated policies to shut down workstations after hours (49%) and rightsize instances (48%).

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