If there was any doubt that companies are moving to the cloud, Druva’s virtualization survey of 2018 should put it to rest. It shows a clear trend of companies towards the cloud, with a significant trend towards one cloud provider. Interestingly enough, though, many of the same challenges remain.
Big change in a small time
There is a 32% increase since last year in the percentage of companies running VMs in the cloud. Although the data suggests that many companies are just getting their start in the use of cloud VMs, it is clear that most of them are definitely off the fence. They have made a decision to start using cloud-based VMs. What’s even more impressive is that 90% of respondents said that they will be running VMs in the cloud by the end of 2018.
More than half of the respondents said they would be using AWS for their cloud workloads. This is probably due to Amazon’s extensive efforts to cater to the DevOps crowd. While Azure has made significant strides in this regard in the last few years, Amazon clearly had a head start. Azure, of course, got second place. Microsoft has—and more than likely will continue to have—advantages for those running Windows as their primary operating system.
One step forward, two steps back
As someone that has observed many advancements in the data center over the last three decades, one truism continues to ring out–and cloud adoption is yet another example. While companies are gaining the increased flexibility and elasticity of the cloud, they often take a step back in progress when it comes to data protection. The same thing happened with the initial advent of NAS filers, and again with the introduction of virtualization. VMware made a lot of things better, but it definitely made backup worse in the beginning. Things got better over time, but it took a few years.
The same is happening today with those moving to the cloud. The survey showed that more than half of respondents had no visibility into how or if their data management policies were being applied and enforced. This is probably due to the fact that most of them were relying on homegrown scripts and native tools to manage some of their data protection system. While this may appear to save money up front, it can often cost money in the long run.
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