2018 Cloud Growth

By Jurie Venter | Cloud, Cloud Solutions | 0 Comments | 12 March, 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By: Kevin Derman Director: Cloud

It’s a new year and that means a new 2018 RightScale State of the Cloud Report, which has just been released. This year they surveyed 997 people (of which I was one) across a wide range of Industries and many different countries. The report also spans enterprise and SMB customers. I will be commenting on the findings over several bite-sized articles instead of one large analysis.

I have always liked their Cloud Maturity model, which defines cloud users into four distinct categories:

  • Watchers: Organisations developing cloud strategies and plans, but have not yet deployed.
  • Beginners: Those working on POC’s or initial cloud projects.
  • Intermediates (Used to be called Explorers): Those having multiple projects or applications already deployed in the cloud.
  • Advanced: Those heavily using cloud infrastructure.

The reason I like this classification is because it recognises that cloud users are not all the same and the needs and concerns are different depending on the level of cloud usage. Often research articles classify companies into two categories, those using cloud and those not. This does not give a realistic view of the market.

So the first question to ask is: Do we see a dramatic maturation of the market over the period of a year? The answer is no, we see a cautious increase of 7% in the intermediate space. This indicates that those who are in the cloud are migrating more and more applications, and that the cloud watchers and beginners have matured, indicated by their decrease in size. The Enterprise segment of the market matured slightly more than the SMB market over the past year.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Cloud maturity of Respondents 2017 vs 2018[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

What is clear is two things:

  • The majority of respondents are in the cloud.
  • The inflection point when we see over 50% of respondents cloud focused is still coming, so brace yourself for growth, and see you in the cloud!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]For all things cloud, please contact Kevin Derman on (011) 540 2640 or via emaill at kevin@firstforcloud.com.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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