By 2019, 60% of IT workloads will run in the cloud

2017 08 27 COTW-01

Our enterprise survey research shows a clear trend toward cloud-based workload deployment (on-premises private cloud, hosted private cloud, IaaS and SaaS), rising from 45% today to 60% by 2019. At the same time, organizations anticipate that a slim majority of enterprise workloads will run in off-premises IT environments by 2019, and more than one-third of all workloads will operate in public cloud environments.

Although workload distribution across deployment venues is edging toward cloud environments, our research shows that overall spending on in-house infrastructure and resources is holding steady. Enterprise IT environments will evolve over the next few years as organizations shift and modernize existing workloads and develop net new applications built for – and in – the cloud. This transition offers IT service providers and technology vendors the opportunity to position themselves as strategic partners and trusted advisors to organizations looking to implement 'right mix' workload placement strategies, develop dynamic workload optimization approaches and tap into third-party infrastructure/application management for evolving IT environments.

Our VotE: Cloud Transformation, Workloads and Key Projects survey, conducted in March and April 2017, includes more than 700 completed surveys from IT decision-makers about cloud adoption, application workloads and technologies.

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Featured Data: Hosting and cloud managed services spending growing faster than overall IT

2017 05 24 DCotW

According to the latest Voice of the Enterprise: Hosting and Cloud Managed Services study, enterprises expect growth in hosting and cloud services spending to outpace growth in overall IT spending by 25.8% to 12%. This trend applies across almost every vertical market and company size category, but is most pronounced among large businesses (1,000-9,999 employees), which expect an average of 33.3% growth in hosting and cloud services spending.

Adoption profiles differ significantly by company size in terms of both rate of adoption and drivers, which reinforces the idea that company size is not just a category distinction; it is indicative of markets with very different hosting and cloud services characteristics. This tells us there is an extremely compelling business case for specialization, and this is one of the reasons the hosting and cloud services market is served by such a wide variety of vendors and vendor types.

451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Hosting and Cloud Managed Services tracks and analyzes the disruption occurring in the market today and exposes the major opportunities for enterprises, IT vendors, suppliers and investors. In addition to the regularly quarterly topics, this latest survey focuses on enterprise IT budgets, including the portions focused on hosting and cloud services, and covers current spending and forecasts for 2017.

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Featured Data: Q2 shows strongest IT spending outlook among US businesses since 2011

2017 04 19 COTW

The latest Voice of the Connected User Landscape (VoCUL) corporate survey shows major improvements in US business IT spending for the second quarter of 2017. Spending is up a net nine points since the previous survey in November 2016, building on the four-point improvement we saw in that period. The latest findings represent the best IT spending growth rate in six years.

More than one-in-five (21%) survey respondents report that their company's IT spending will increase for the second quarter of 2017 – up five points from our previous survey. Meanwhile, just 14% of respondents say their IT spending will decrease (or there will be none at all) in Q2, which represents a four-point improvement – and the best level since 2007.

Of the 10 IT spending categories tracked in the survey, Software: Enterprise Applications (change in net score is +5) and Application Development Software/Tools (+5) are showing the biggest spending increases.

This survey encompassed 1,428 respondents from 451 Research's VoCUL leading indicator panel who are involved with IT spending in their organization. The February 2017 survey focused on overall IT spending, as well as corporate demand for smartphones, tablets and PCs.

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Featured Data: Average monthly cellular data usage to exceed 6.5GB by 2021

2017 04 12 COTW

Globally, the number of cellular connected devices will rise by a compound annual growth rate of 6% over the next five years, from 5.6 billion connections in 2016 to more than 7.5 billion by year-end 2021. Monthly data traffic from these devices, meanwhile, will rise eight times faster, from seven million terabytes per month to 48.9TB per month, at a CAGR of 47% over the forecast period.

Monthly cellular usage across connected devices – including smartphones, feature phones, tablets, PCs, connected CE devices and M2M – will grow from an average of 2.1GB per month, per device in 2016 to more than 6.5GB by year-end 2021. Smartphones will continue to carry the vast majority of cellular data traffic among connected devices, growing from 72% to 82% of all cellular traffic over the forecast period. Meanwhile, connected PCs and other consumer electronic devices will see the highest per-month usage rates, rising from 5.8GB in 2016 to more than 17GB per month, per device on average by 2021.

Updated quarterly, the Market Monitor and Forecast: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast provides an historical and projected market size for six different categories of cellular connected devices with associated total connections, and total and per device cellular traffic across seven geographic regions.

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Featured Data: Top three storage pain points for enterprise customers

2017 04 05 COTW

Voice of the Enterprise: Storage survey respondents indicate that handling data growth, meeting disaster-recovery requirements and high costs are the top three storage pain points. But other pain points, most notably growth from new applications, are up markedly YoY. Nearly one in five respondents cite managing data stored in third-party cloud environments as a top pain point.

The core challenges in storage are shifting; public cloud is beginning to assume the burden of inexorable data growth, and the emphasis is moving to other areas, such as effectively managing data and storage across both on- and off-premises locations. Organizations are increasingly moving to hybrid cloud environments, bringing new providers into the mix (chiefly public cloud providers). The core role of IT infrastructure managers is shifting away from adding capacity toward more effectively managing it. Some storage managers are now charged with handling an organization's cloud storage capabilities – which is often a steep learning curve, and one that incumbent vendors can help alleviate by adding more comprehensive cloud-based integration to their offerings.

The VotE: Storage, Budgets and Outlook study represents more than 1,000 completed surveys from pre-qualified IT decision-makers about adoption levels of various cloud storage technologies, and the impact of public cloud and SaaS strategies on enterprise storage.

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