Almost every business has a multicloud strategy but is struggling to control costs, according to Flexera’s 2021 State of the Cloud report. At the same time, Microsoft Azure continues to close the adoption gap with Amazon Web Services.
The Flexera report confirms that multicloud deployments are increasingly a two-cloud race between AWS and Microsoft Azure. However, the Google Cloud is slowly becoming a key supplier. Among all respondents, 50% of companies have heavy workloads on AWS, 41% of them have heavy workloads on Azure. Google Cloud’s share is 22% for heavy workloads.
Here’s a look at the cloud race:
All cloud providers are seeing an increase in workloads positioned in the cloud. Of note is the acceleration in the growth of Google Cloud, as well as that of Oracle Cloud.
92% of companies have a multi-cloud strategy, 80% of them take a hybrid approach. Flexera reports that 49% of organizations silo cloud workloads, with 45% integrating data across various clouds.
The AWS and Azure battle continues across all sizes of businesses, whether large or small. Among public clouds, the use of PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) is accelerating. Among the top four public cloud services used by businesses are:
DBaaS (for relational databases)
DBaaS (for NoSQL databases)
As cloud service providers have more workloads and multiple use cases, it’s no surprise that spending is on the rise. For example, 16% of respondents spend more than $ 12 million on AWS, 14% spend more than that on Azure, and 8% on Google Cloud.
Overall, Flexera predicts cloud computing spending will increase by 39% as companies struggle to maintain budgets.
Other Flexera findings include
53% of respondents use Docker, 51% use AWS ECS / EKS and 48% Kubernetes. Azure Container Service, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Red Hat OpenShift are all used by at least 27% of respondents.
Terraform is the most popular configuration tool with 36% use among respondents, followed by 31% use Ansible and 29% use Chef.
61% of companies plan to optimize cloud costs in 2021.
74% of companies have a cloud team.
81% of organizations say cloud security is a challenge.