Druva has announced the results of its 2018 State of Virtualization in the Cloud survey, which aimed to understand how enterprises working in virtual environments are approaching cloud migration. The results show that cloud adoption is growing for virtualized workloads, with 90 percent of respondents running, or planning to run, virtual machines (VMs) in the cloud in 2018. The survey also highlights significant risk associated with this journey, as organizations discover that on-premises approaches to data management are outdated and no longer adequate for the cloud era.
The annual survey polled IT and virtualization professionals across companies of all sizes to identify adoption and user data trends across cloud virtualized environments. Key findings from the survey include:
- 41 percent of organizations are currently running VMs in the cloud, up from 31 percent in 2017;
- 90 percent of respondents are running, or have plans to run, VMs in the cloud in 2018;
- 59 percent of these organizations are planning to use AWS for these workloads;
- 54 percent of respondents have no visibility into how and if data management policies are being applied and enforced;
- 55 percent do not have a plan to centralize protection of their data across multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environments, resulting in data silos.
The study found that motivations behind the cloud journey are not entirely cost-driven. Only one in five participants in the survey stated that cost was the most significant reason to move to the cloud. ‘Ease of management’ and the leveraging the cloud as ‘part of a critical IT initiative’, both topped the list of significant drivers this year.