In our newly published Wave 7 Cloud Computing Study, respondents were asked about their ‘likely primary’ execution venues for a wide range of workload categories in the next two years, including non-cloud and the variations between private/public, on-premises/off-premises, internal or hosted, and their reasons for those choices. When the results for each workload category are aggregated by cloud type, 30% selected the primary deployment to be non-cloud, 34% to be private cloud, 9% hybrid cloud and 27% public cloud within the next two years.
Top factors considered in selecting the best workload execution venue
Regardless of the preferred primary execution venue, whether non-cloud, private cloud, hybrid or public cloud, the top five criteria for selecting a preferred execution venue are security, cost, agility, functionality/ease of use and compliance/governance at 28%, 20%, 13%, 9% and 8%, respectively.
When looking at the detail of workload category distribution by cloud type, the more traditional types of enterprise workloads are weighted toward non-cloud, private and hybrid cloud deployment venues in the next two years. For public cloud vendors, collaborative and cloud-native applications offer the best opportunities.
For every organization and industry, there are unique considerations that influence the ultimate choice of execution venue if the same top considerations are a major part of the decision-making process. Anecdotal commentary illustrates the range of circumstances expressed by TheInfoPro’s respondent community:
- “One of the obstructive factors to this is encryption and data security. We’d like it to be public cloud, but in reality it will be mostly off-prem non-cloud hosting. And customer requirements [are a factor].” – LE, Consumer Goods/Retail
- “Moving into hybrid – cost savings in this category. Most back-office we’re keeping in private for integration and reliability.” – LE, Education
- “For bursting compute capability; more elasticity.” – LE, Energy/Utilities
- “That was one of the prime reasons they went that way, to Amazon. Quite frequently, it’s not so much a project; they’re doing an analysis. They just want a whole lot of compute power to attack it to get a solution in a reasonable amount of time. It is platform as a service, if you will, pops up and goes away when it’s done. No ongoing costs, no paying for it up front.” – LE, Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals
- “Some of that’s coming back in-house. We do use a lot of third-party e-commerce products at brand level today. We’ll bring that back onto our enterprise platform.” – LE, Consumer Goods/Retail
- “New next-gen apps will more likely be deployed in public cloud with linkage back to internal systems, for scale and speed, but marred with security issues.” – LE, Financial Services
- “Depends on the application. Non-high-value data would be off-premise; high value would be on-prem.” – LE, Industrial/Manufacturing