Public Cloud Adoption Grows as Private Cloud Wanes

Enterprises hold firm on hybrid cloud strategy.

The percentage of enterprises that have a strategy to use multiple clouds grew to 85% (vs. 82% in 2016) with 58% planning on hybrid (vs. 55% in 2016). There was also an increase in the number of enterprises planning for multiple public clouds (up from 16% to 20%) and a concurrent decrease in those planning for multiple private clouds (down from 11% to 7%). The RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Survey identified several key findings:

Hybrid cloud is the preferred enterprise strategy, but private cloud adoption fell.

• Private cloud adoption fell from 77 percent to 72 percent, also bringing hybrid cloud adoption down from 71% to 67% year-over-year.

• 85% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, up from 82 percent in 2016.

• 95% of organizations surveyed are running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service.

Cloud users running applications in 4 clouds and experimenting with 4 more.

• Cloud users are already running applications in an average of 1.8 public clouds and 2.3 private clouds.

• They are experimenting with an additional 1.8 public clouds and 2.1 private clouds.

Companies run a majority of workloads in cloud.

• Respondents run 41% of workloads in public cloud and 38% in private cloud.

• Among enterprises, respondents run 32% of workloads in public cloud and 43% in private cloud.

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