Turbonomic survey: Containers and data portability are driving cloud adoption

The rapid rise in containers use and demands for data portability are influencing enterprises’ decisions on cloud adoption, according to a new survey.

For its study, cloud and virtualisation software company, Turbonomic, polled over 800 IT professionals in order to assess the underlying dynamics fuelling cloud-native/container and multi-cloud adoption.

According to the results from their survey, 83% of its respondents expect “workloads to move freely” across the cloud. The key driver for ‘true’ multi-cloud elasticity was a desire to leverage best-of-breed cloud services and to ensure applications are available when needed.

Cloud adoption

Almost two thirds (62%) of those polled said they have already begun their cloud-native or cloud journey – with adoption accelerating. On average, respondents estimated that 26% of environments currently use containerised applications. Respondents said they expect that figure to double by 2021.

The results from the survey also revealed that IT enterprises are starting to place a higher degree of trust in containers, with respondents categorising nearly one-third of containerised applications as mission-critical.

While a large number of IT professionals expect workloads to be portable, there are some standout barriers, however. These include: ensure security (25%), the ability for application and data to be fully portable (23%), and the ability to manage project compliance across several different platforms (14%).

“The move toward hybrid and multi-cloud is well underway. This move is driven by an acute need for IT modernisation, as IT continues to elevate its value by increasingly driving innovation and new revenue opportunities,” says Tom Murphy, CMO at Turbonomic.

“Containers and cloud-native are central to IT modernisation initiatives, creating a tipping point in complexity. Across industries, IT staff are seeking to minimise human-assisted automation, which is why they are increasingly turning toward workload automation.”

Other findings

Turbonomic listed three other findings from their survey. According to their survey, only 18% of IT organisations adopted serverless computing, and they indicate they are more than a year away from broader adoption, with 40% planning to move forward in the next 18 months.

Respondents were also asked how they would spend 30% of their reclaimed time, with a large number of participants saying they would spend their time self-educating themselves, learning new skills, and modifying internal processes.

As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) adoption grows, Turbonomic findings refute the common perception that automation will eliminate more jobs than it creates.

According to the survey, a vast majority of respondents (9 in 10) believe that it will either improve their careers or have no impact.

Turbonomoc says more than 50% of all organisations are using AI/ML in their business applications, and 45% are using AI/ML for managing their applications. Forty-three percent of organisations are adopting AIOps in 2019, compared to 32% in 2018.