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Investments in the cloud expected to nearly double over next two years

On average, organizations are running 27 percent of their workloads and applications in public clouds and expect this figure to nearly double to 48 percent within the next one to two years, according to a new study by IT marketplace Spiceworks.

The organization surveyed 452 IT decision makers in North America and Europe in April 2019, and found that 69 percent of those surveyed think the flexibility inherent in cloud environments will allow them to more easily adopt emerging technologies such as edge computing, serverless computing, and container technologies.

About one third of organizations plan to adopt edge computing, serverless computing, and container technologies by 2020. Adoption rates are even higher in large enterprises. By 2020, 65 percent of large enterprises plan to use edge computing and 73 percent plan to use container technologies.

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“Our findings indicate many businesses are eager to capitalize on emerging cloud-centric technologies,” said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks. “This interest creates new opportunities for cloud vendors to provide solutions and services that can help organizations reap the benefits of serverless computing, edge computing, and containers.”

Many businesses still choose to run some workloads and applications fully on-premises, the report said, particularly those housing sensitive company information such as database servers (59 percent), identity management systems (57 percent), and enterprise resource planning systems (46 percent).

However, among those organizations, about 20 percent are considering moving these workloads to public clouds in the next 12 months.

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