A new, international survey of 100 CIOs has good news for cloud companies -- especially Microsoft -- and, predictably, bad news for hardware vendors as the trend toward cloud computing continues to swell. According to Morgan Stanley's 2016 CIO Survey, Microsoft's Azure will edge out Amazon Web Services by 2019 for both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) use among 100 executives surveyed. Roughly 31 percent of the CIOs will be using Azure for IaaS, versus roughly 30 percent using AWS. Today, about 21 percent are using AWS and 12 percent are using Azure. While nearly 55 percent of the surveyed CIOs said they're using no public-cloud IaaS today, that number will drop to less than 10 percent by the end of 2019.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has fundamentally altered how we purchase, deploy, and manage IT infrastructure. For instance, provisioning infrastructure has gone from a complex, time-consuming process that culminated in crawling around dusty data center floors and plugging in new hardware to making a few keystrokes in a portal or even an automated API call, bringing thousands of hardware resources to bear. When selecting an IaaS vendor, there are a number of considerations that should not be ignored. Here are seven important points to keep in mind when choosing an IaaS vendor. Buying infrastructure was relatively easy -- you'd pick your OS, buy the appropriate box, load up your applications, and then have access to the entire stack should anything need updating or modifying.
"Look how much money we've made in the last year, and look how many of our customers have gone all-in to our cloud" – every keynote speaker at major cloud vendor conferences ever. Funnily enough, there is a correlation between these two statements. Before I go any further, I'll just explain what I mean by "all-in" when it comes to cloud adoption strategies. It essentially means that the business operates entirely out of the cloud – no on-premises servers or storage, just an internet connection and all the associated network infrastructure required to connect the person sitting at their desk to their cloud-hosted business applications. Now, going back to the reason cloud vendors want you to go all-in to their cloud.
Most businesses today are using the cloud for business computing -- it turns out that all those analysts from twenty years ago weren't so crazy after all. A recent study revealed that about 97% of businesses are using some form of cloud computing as well as a widespread, enterprise focus on adopting public cloud technologies. Compelling data about hybrid cloud usage was also exposed, where 84% of the 786 respondents indicated that they have a multicloud strategy. The hybrid cloud plays a major role in many companies' computing architecture. You can slap it on just about any kind of multisystem cloud, meaning it can describe connecting two different vendors' services or integration of an onsite installation with a public or private cloud -- or in some cases, all of the above.