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Exploring the Top Drivers of Cloud Computing Adoption

More CIOs and CTOs are choosing to architect and deploy hybrid multi-cloud computing environments in 2017. The trend is being driven by growing demand to support digital transformation projects that are led by the C-suite.

Newly released results from the CloudView Survey 2017 reveal the top drivers of cloud adoption -- include improving agility and security, as well as standardizing IT infrastructure.

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As multi-cloud environments and hybrid cloud become more prevalent, the survey revealed that 87 percent of cloud users have adopted some capabilities for a hybrid cloud strategy -- that's an increase of 17 percent compared to 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

"Beyond adoption and maturity, a series of questions on 'why are' or 'why aren't' respondents moving more workloads to the cloud makes up a key part of the study," said Benjamin McGrath, senior research analyst at IDC.


Additional findings from the study include:

  • 56 percent of users run more than one type of cloud deployment
  • 40 percent of cloud users are "Cloud First" organizations

"When we look at the shift in IT spend over the next 12-24 months to more of a mix of multiple types of cloud deployments, we see each type of organization take a different journey," added McGrath.

The study gathers data on the journey to cloud and how it differs by vertical – and micro-vertical – by country, by company size, company age, and by job title.

What industry-specific projects are moving to the cloud? What are end-users looking for from their vendors in each country? How will all that change over time?

CloudView 2017 encompasses thousands of surveys from line-of-business cloud buyers and IT operations staff on cloud adoption rates, trends, and attitudes.

Survey respondents are from more than 6,000 organizations worldwide, all of whom are current users of cloud services.

To gain a complete picture of potential cloud customers along the journey, data is also collected from respondents at organizations who are not currently utilizing cloud.

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