According to Flexera’s State of the Cloud report, Azure, the second largest public cloud service provider, is seeing higher adoption rates for organizations than AWS for the first time. It also reveals that half of the workloads are now in the public cloud.
In many areas, Azure use and adoption is exceeding that of AWS, according to the Flexera State of the Cloud report, which is based on a survey of professionals, most of whom are cloud decision makers. The report says that the difference between the two is small, as Google Cloud is the second most popular cloud platform.
The report also points to the possibility of an even bigger tipping point in the cloud: More than half of respondents’ workloads are in the public cloud, and that number will increase over the next year.
However, the results are not definitive: they are based on a survey with 753 answers, which also revealed that most respondents had a multi-cloud strategy.
Half of our data is in the public cloud.
“In many cases in the 2022 survey, use of Microsoft Azure met or exceeded use of Amazon Web Services (AWS)The summary of the report reads.
According to the report, AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform are the three largest public cloud providers, as usual, but “For the first time, Azure bridged the gap with AWS, while other cloud providers did not show significant growth“.
Oracle ranks fourth, but its cloud is where most people (12%) plan to use it in the future.
As Flexera points out, adoption—that is, whether a company uses a cloud provider—is just one factor, including the number of virtual machines (VMs) running. And the PaaS cloud services used with each vendor, in addition to their plans for the future embrace. In the Flexera sample, AWS still appears to be the leader in overall number and usage.
“Certification of public cloud providers depends on the level of usage of the cloud organization‘, says the study. As organizations mature, they tend to gravitate towards market leaders. Data from this year’s survey suggests that Azure appears to be bridging the gap or has outperformed AWS with some users.”
“As the leading provider of cloud services at scale, AWS is frequently used by organizations that are using the cloud for longer and cloud users more frequently. Among all respondents, 81% of cloud-heavy organizations use AWS, compared to 80% who use Azure. Among the organizations with moderate cloud usage, Azure has a slight lead and has a higher adoption for organizations with light users.“
In private clouds, Azure appears to have a real lead (37%), replacing VMware vSphere (31%) for the first time.
The survey found that 50% of workloads and 48% of respondents’ data is currently in the public cloud, and these numbers are expected to rise to 56% of workloads and 55% of data in the next 12 months. Small and medium businesses have adopted the cloud faster, with about two-thirds of their workloads and data residing in the public cloud; For companies, the numbers were a little lower, but they are also expected to be halfway there next year.
Cloud spending is important:
According to the report, 8% of all respondents spend more than $60 million annually on public cloud services, and more than half of them spend more than $2.4 million. Among companies, 80% spend more than $1.2 million annually, and 37% of organizations with more than 1,000 employees spend more than $12 million annually.
Surprisingly, given its size, 53% of small and medium businesses (SMBs) spend more than $1.2 million annually in the public cloud.
The survey also reveals that the multi-cloud strategy for most companies is to use multiple public clouds and multiple internal private clouds (48%) or multiple public clouds and one private cloud (31%).
However, these multi-cloud strategies appear to be driven by a lack of flexibility rather than a need for flexibility. Most companies (45%) said they had isolated applications across different clouds.
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