RightScale 2019 survey on the state of the cloud from companies and SMEs: Azure adoption has increased from 45% to 52%, reaching 85% of the adoption of. AWS, up from 70% last year

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Companies are opting for multi-cloud, half of them spending more than a million dollars in the public cloud, Microsoft Azure continues to increase workload and adoption and cost optimization remains a major theme for 2019, according to the report on the state of the cloud released by RightScale 2019 in Flexera.

Flexera's RightScale 2019 cloud status report is based on 786 respondents, 58% of whom are categorized as enterprise customers. RightScale's report comes after a series of similar surveys by Kentik and Densify that highlighted cost optimization while multi-cloud adoption was a key theme.

Cloud cost optimization is the flagship initiative in 2019 for the third year in a row; it went from 58% in 2018 to 64%. While 64% of respondents cited cloud spend optimization as a flagship initiative, this number is higher advanced cloud users at 70% and 76%, respectively.

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According to the RightScale cloud report, the platform as a service, server, machine learning and container use explodes.

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Indeed, RightScale revealed that 84% of companies have a multi-cloud strategy and 61% of small and medium-sized businesses. Overall, RightScale respondents used an average of 4.9 public and private clouds.

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Part of this increase in business spending is related to Microsoft Azure. Here is the analysis of RightScale:

Overall adoption of Azure increased from 45 percent to 52 percent to narrow the gap with AWS. As a result, Azure adoption now accounts for 85 percent of AWS adoption, up from 70 percent last year. The Azure race to catch up with AWS is especially accelerating among businesses, where Azure adoption is increasing slightly from 58% to 60%, while the adoption of Azure is increasing slightly. AWS in this group is relatively stable at 67%. Google retains its third place, from 18% to 19% in adoption. In its second year of availability, VMware Cloud on AWS moved to fourth place this year, from 8% in 2018 to 12%, a growth rate of 50%. Of the other public cloud providers included in last year's survey, all have embraced more and more adults this year, with Oracle growing from 10% to 16% (60% growth rate), IBM Cloud from 15 to 18% (20% growth rate), and Alibaba from 2 to 4% (100% growth rate).

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While cloud spending has increased – half of businesses spend more than $ 1.2 million a year on public clouds – the costs are worrisome. According to RightScale, 66% of companies have created a central cloud team to manage services.

This central cloud team arrangement is primarily about managing costs. After all, RightScale found that businesses were looking to optimize the use of the existing cloud before the displaced workloads.

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Overall, companies have not automated their cloud usage policies and underestimated waste. Companies do not even benefit from large-scale discounts.

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