We are seeing a couple of large trends converging in 2016. One was widespread adoption of encryption and in particular the adoption of managed encryption in virtualized environments. The other is the increasingly widespread adoption of SDDC in the enterprise. No longer restricted to the cutting edge or early adopters, SDDC has gone mainstream to the extent that it will be increasingly difficult for non-adopters to effectively compete. In the past, we looked forward to the potential that cloud and virtualization represented. Today, organizations are reaping the benefits – some more than others.
In order to get a handle on exactly how far things have come, we conducted a survey of over 500 IT Executives, Managers and even some Individual Contributors to keep things real. You can read about some of our findings in the latest press release on the SDDC Study.
With all that said, let’s take a look at some of the findings from the SDDC Study.
75% are planning to move workloads to the cloud. Of those, 32% are planning to move at least some of their workloads to Microsoft Azure. Couple things here – one being the cloud is hot, which we already knew. The other being that Azure is hot, showing that the Microsoft strategy of trying harder like Avis is paying off. While AWS holds about 31% of the global market, Azure with only one third the market share is growing twice as fast.
Of course, when figuring out the roadmap for your company, team and personal career, there can be a number of concerns. For those facing the challenge (or opportunity) of cloud migration, those concerns include data breaches (60%), security and control (60%) and monitoring and visibility (55%). Yes, the cloud can be a good thing, but it is good to see that people are going in with eyes open. Even better to see that when thinking rationally about potential challenges that there are current and well understood ways of addressing these issues.
When we look at what exactly is being encrypted, some surprises come up in that many are being surprisingly selective with regards to what they are encrypting. Sure, 31% are encrypting the entire workload, but 20% are encrypting just the production data within the workload, 17% just the private data or PII, 11% workloads impacted by compliance and 5% only the data subject to compliance regulations.
Another important thing to look at is what has already been virtualized and the answers here are somewhat surprising. While the 60% adoption rate for Test/Dev servers is expected, since that is on of the first places virtualization was widely deployed in many environments, only 45% of mission critical servers have been virtualized, with storage, directory and network all weighing in at 55%.
When you look at what virtualization is actually used for, disaster recovery has always been a top use case and it remains so today. 60% report this use case. Another 60% use virtualization and cloud to fuel test and development environments, a natural considering the agility required. Finally, 55% have virtualized directory services like Active Directory.
Anyway, the voyage to the cloud is certainly an interesting one. You see shadow IT adopting random SaaS offerings, there is the challenge of picking the best cloud provider (may not be the biggest or most well known) and even questions around private, hybrid and public and what the best mix is going to end up looking like. The good news is that there are many right answers and many resources to help deal with some of the rational concerns. The bad news is the chosing to do nothing is increasingly looking like the wrong move and that those still waiting to dip a toe in the water are going to start to feel pressure to move forward one way or another.