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2018 State of Cloud Research Summary

Interop ITX and InformationWeek surveyed 200 business technology decision-makers with titles such as CIO, CTO, IT manager and IT director, at North American companies on cloud computing usage and optimization strategies.

To see the full report, visit: reg.interop.com/stateofcloud

As 2018 begins, the state of the cloud is stratified, with different organizations taking distinctly different paths to realize the benefits of the cloud. There are essentially three paths to cloud.

Path 1: Virtual Machines

  • The most widely-used cloud architectures are still based on virtual machines.
  • 78% of survey respondents using virtual machines in their infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments. On the technical adoption curve, virtual machines are generally the only cloud infrastructure used by laggards and the late majority.
  • Security continues to be a substantial concern for many organizations adopting or considering adopting public cloud services.

Path 2: Containers

  • The UBM survey data show a significant increase in container adoption, with 12% of respondents using containers in production versus 7% one year ago.
  • Security and cost control for containers is quite like virtual machines, where organizations are either running multiple containers per virtual machine or using public cloud container-based services.

Path 3: Serverless

  • Our survey respondents rated scalability, performance, cost savings, and time-to-market as the four most important benefits of IaaS. Serverless architectures scale effortlessly, are built for consistent performance at scale, are only billed as they are used, and -- because they do not require configuration or management of physical machines, virtual machines, or containers -- can be much faster to bring to market.

Regardless of the chosen cloud architecture path, almost every organization that is adopting cloud -- especially the public cloud -- is reaping benefits.

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