DevOps adoption rises and hybrid cloud strategy deepens in new study

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The RightScale 2015 State of the Cloud report has found DevOps adoption increase year on year in enterprises, as well as a continued push towards a hybrid cloud strategy.

The survey, of 930 respondents, found 82% of enterprises want a multi-cloud strategy; 55% want to pursue hybrid cloud, compared to 13% multiple public cloud and 14% multiple private. This is up from 74% and 48% respectively the previous year. “Hybrid cloud is (even more) the strategy of choice for enterprises,” the company notes.

Yet the most interesting stats relate to vendor usage. DevOps adoption hit two thirds (66%) in 2015, compared to 62% in 2014, with Chef the most popular according to 28% of respondents. Puppet (24%) and Docker (13%) comprised the top three, yet interestingly significantly more respondents said they would utilise Docker (35%) in the future.

Similarly, Amazon Web Services (AWS) had by far the most usage according to those polled. 57% said they were currently running apps on AWS, compared with Microsoft Azure IaaS (12%), Rackspace (11%), Azure PaaS (9%), Google App Engine (8%), and Google IaaS (8%).

Other interesting stats from the study included:

  • 62% of enterprise respondents say central IT makes more than half of cloud purchasing decisions
  • Greater scalability (57%) remains the key benefit of the cloud, alongside faster access to infrastructure (57%) and higher availability (51%)
  • 93% of the 930 respondents are using cloud in some capacity, with 58% opting for both public and private, 30% public only, and 5% private only

The move towards increased DevOps usage is not a hugely surprising one. When CloudTech spoke with Jared Wray, CTO of CenturyLink Cloud in November, he enthused about the Cloud Development Centre, which took DevOps principles and aimed to make a large telco move more effectively.

Docker’s usage is also an interesting finding; a variety of major cloud vendors, such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft, are already partnering with the tool, yet a major vulnerability located in November might put users off deploying for now.

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