Softchoice published a blog post last month titled, “The State of Cloud Readiness: Where Do IT Leaders Go Wrong?” As I read through this report, among the myriad of valid issues raised about cloud migration, I would like to instead focus on one statistic, in particular, that of “40% of organizations keep less than 10% of their workloads on cloud platforms”. This stands out for me because the overwhelming qualitative data currently pushed about cloud migration implies the steamroller is well on its way and unstoppable. Perhaps we need to take a step back.

Yes “Nine out of ten companies have already moved at least some of their applications or computing infrastructure to the cloud or plan to do so in the next 12 months,” [Source: 2018 Cloud Computing Survey from IDG, July 2018] but when colored with facts such as the one already mentioned and:

  • Today’s average IT environment is 52% non-cloud, while 23% is SaaS, 16% is IaaS, and 9% is PaaS. [Source: same IDG Survey]
  • IBM estimates that 80 percent of business workloads have yet to move to the cloud. [Source: Cloudy, with a Chance of Overspend from CBR, November 2018]
  • More than 70 percent of survey respondents saying they are running containers in their datacenters. [Source: Container Security Concerns Persist from EnterpriseTech, November 2018]

the implication of the small size inherent in “at least some” takes on much more significance than the “nine out of ten”.

The reality is that most production container workloads DO NOT RUN IN THE CLOUD. So with the recapture of desktop/server resources now a practical reality, once the IT community sees an alternative, this steamroller is going to run out of gas…


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