Survata conducted a survey interviewing 210 online respondents about their insights on using cloud technology. The SADA Systems Public Cloud survey was only given to individuals that were legal adults in the United States. Each resonant had to complete a screening question to be represented in the data.
According to the 210 individuals, nearly 69.5% of them are the sole decision makers for their company's IT needs. The other percentage were members of group decision makers. The rest of the survey goes into more detail about the cloud structures that they prefer.
Here are some key notes:
- 84.3% are using public cloud infrastructures compared to the 15.7% that do not
- Most of the group (45.2%) took three to six months to migrate to a public cloud. About the same amount of IT administrators varied from less than three months to up than a year.
- Over half of the IT administratives polled had some difficulty changing over to the public cloud even though the internal teams were capable.
- The major reason to adopt the public cloud was to feel more secure, flexible, and cost-effective.
- More IT administrators use a third-party to migrate/manage the infrastructure because it is cost-effective to outsource.
Primarily motivated by security, flexibility, and cost-effective solutions, the survey shows a clear struggle between public cloud infrastructure services. Google Cloud Platform held itself over Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services just slightly. More interesting is that there seem to be multiple platforms being used between these IT administrators according to the numbers.
The biggest concern about public cloud providers is the fear of major data breaches or downtime. Other reasons that might sway people's opinion include an inability to manage the services internally or a slowdown in revenue from major cloud providers. It's this concern that also keeps many IT administrators from even migrating over to public clouds.
It's interesting to see these numbers so close together, but with a survey of only 210 individuals, the results remain subject to inaccuracies. Still, the results are interesting and can be particularly useful for cloud providers as each pursue a course for future direction.