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Breadth and depth of cloud services expand as adoption nears a tipping point

Cloud deployments have moved well past the “nice-to-have” stage. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of organizations have moved applications to the cloud—and are looking to do more. Organizations continue their aggressive plans to migrate email and other collaboration tools to the cloud, while also transitioning core infrastructure such as storage. In 18 months we’ll see a tipping point in which the majority of a typical IT infrastructure resides in the cloud. Are you using public, private, or hybrid cloud for your applications? Tell us how you’re splitting the pie and find out how that compares to other organizations, within or outside of your industry.

1. What cloud models are you currently deploying?

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1. What % of my total IT infrastructure resides in the cloud?


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50%

Organizations that are moving less aggressively to the cloud (less than 50% of IT environment in the cloud) are more likely to have business leaders who are not receptive to cloud (19%, vs. 10% of organizations that have more than 75% of their IT environment in the cloud).

30%

On the flip side, organizations that are investing aggressively in cloud initiatives (more than 30% of their IT budget is allocated to cloud) are more likely to cite new revenue opportunities as a key investment driver (21%, vs 10% of organizations that have allocated less than 10% of their IT budget to cloud).

As-a-Service models expand

Organizations are expanding the breadth of their cloud deployments within the three core “as a service” models: Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). The agility, automation and collaboration capabilities that as-a-service models provide continue to drive interest.

What new “as-a-service” models are you deploying, and how does that compare to your peers?

2. What new “as-a-service” models are you deploying?

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SaaS
IaaS
PaaS
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2. What new “as-a-service” models are you deploying?


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Migration priorities

Many factors are involved in deciding which applications to move to the cloud – and when. How do you prioritize?

3. How are you prioritizing migration of applications to the cloud?

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3. How are you prioritizing migration of applications to the cloud?


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50%

Legacy code is a bigger consideration among government/non-profit organizations (57%)

50%

Data sensitivity is a bigger consideration in the financial services, healthcare, and government/non-profit sectors (59% each)

4. What tools or technologies will you be investing in over the next 12 months as part of your cloud strategy?

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4. What tools or technologies will you be investing in over the next 12 months as part of your cloud strategy?


Key Insights

A key part of an evolving cloud strategy involves investing in better tools to manage an increasingly hybrid infrastructure

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Source: Research data based on a 2015 online survey of 962 readers of IDG publications CIO, CSO, Computerworld, Network World, Info World and ITworld.