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10 Key Takeaways From The RightScale State of The Cloud Report

RightScale, the multi-cloud management company, does an annual survey of enterprises and SMBs to identify the trends in adopting the cloud. The State of the Cloud report, which summarizes the findings of the survey, reflects the current pulse of the market. Over the last few years, it has become a credible source for the cloud vendors, analysts, and decision makers to understand customer adoption patterns.

Here is an attempt to highlight the key takeaways for enterprise decision makers from the report.

1. Private cloud growth is declining

As enterprises gain confidence in the public cloud, their investments in the private cloud are falling. Traditional, monolithic workloads will continue to run in the private cloud while contemporary applications will move to public cloud. When compared to last year, the private cloud adoption saw a drop of 5% – from 77% to 72%. Existing private clouds will be extended to the public cloud through a hybrid strategy.

2. VMware is the king of private cloud

Within the private cloud users, VMware is still the most preferred vendor. Between vCenter and vCloud, VMware dominates the private cloud deployments with 60% of adoption. The remaining slots are taken by OpenStack, Microsoft System Center, bare-metal, and Azure Pack. With the general availability of Azure Stack around the corner, Microsoft may see an increase in its private cloud adoption.

3. Central IT owns the cloud strategy 

After dealing with shadow IT and a fragmented cloud usage, enterprise IT is stepping up to own the cloud strategy for the entire organization. From selecting the right public cloud to managing the deployments, central IT is now managing the end-to-end governance. This trend is an indication of the confidence CXOs have in the public cloud.

Read the entire article at Forbes

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.