In a classic case of bad timing, Verizon Enterprise Solutions today released its annual look at the state of enterprise cloud deployment and was able to report that not only are enterprises moving more applications into the cloud, they are using cloud to transform their businesses.
The report, which had been scheduled for release for some time, comes as speculation is mounting that Verizon is getting out of the cloud business in some ways by divesting Verizon Enterprise Solutions . Company officials, including everyone involved in this report, aren't commenting on those rumors. (See Verizon Enterprise Sale Would Signal Big Shift.)
The State of the Market, Enterprise Cloud 2016, which you can find here, is based on Verizon interviews with its cloud customers, commissioned research by the Harvard Business School and third-party research as well. It shows, not surprisingly, that 53% of enterprises use more than one cloud provider, 75% have adopted or plan to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy and 84% have increased their use of the cloud.
VES Cloud CTO Ryan Shuttleworth was able to comment on the more interesting findings of the report, such as:
Where there are concerns about using public cloud, enterprises will instead use private clouds, with similar functionality, but in a more controlled environment.
Verizon's survey shows those are the projects getting moved into the cloud -- the ones at the business transformation end of the scale.
Verizon can provide some of that to its customers through professional services contracts, and there is a growing acceptance of cloud-based technologies, such as Puppet, Chef and more, that just three years ago were considered cutting edge, Shuttleworth adds.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading