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More and more companies are moving advanced workloads to the cloud

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Businesses everywhere are increasingly confident about moving advanced workloads to the cloud, a new report from data virtualization firm Denodo has found. 

Polling 150 global business and IT professionals for its Denodo Global Cloud Survey 2021, the company found the percentage of businesses moving advanced workloads to the cloud spiked 25 percent (from 15.48 percent in 2020, up to 19.59 percent this year), despite security and the lack of skills remaining major concerns. 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure are still the two dominant players, even though Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and others are “slowly catching up”. 

Many companies are, just now, making their first steps into the cloud, mostly through marketplaces, as they offer different incentives such as low upfront investments and low risks. Utility/pay-as-you-go pricing is the most popular motivation (35 percent) followed by the self-service capability and the ability to minimize IT dependency (25 percent). Simplified procurement, as well as avoiding a long-term commitment were also a motivator. 

Of all the different use cases, analytics and infrastructure, as well as AI and ML, are the two most popular ones. IT processes are getting increasingly automated, through microservices and containers. Docker is now being used for automation and portability by half of the organizations polled, while Kubernetes keeps growing “at a steady pace”.

Drilling deeper into the different types of cloud in use, hybrid cloud deployment remains the dominant choice, as more than two-thirds (35 percent) of the respondents said this was their deployment of choice.

Denodo further found that private cloud is showing “vibrant usage”, accounting for almost a quarter of all workloads (24 percent). Public cloud remained more or less flat at 16 percent. Multi-cloud is the preferred deployment for nine percent of respondents who seek, first and foremost, to avoid single vendor lock-in.