Welcome to the third annual CloudEndure Cloud Migration Survey Report. This survey presents benchmarks, trends, and best practices based on responses from 256 IT professionals from around the world, collected through an online survey during January 2017.
While some experts have named 2017 “the year of the great migration,” what we have collected here are the practical, technical details behind the hype. How much are companies paying for migration? How many machines are IT departments planning to migrate to the public cloud vs. the private cloud over the next two years? What migration strategies are enterprises using?
Usage of the public cloud among the companies surveyed will increase by 28% year-over-year in the next 2 years. Private cloud usage will also increase, but by a smaller percentage (15%).
The trend away from virtual and physical machines is expected to continue. The companies surveyed plan to decrease usage of virtual machines by 20% and physical machines by 18% year-over-year for the next 2 years.
In companies with more than 1,000 employees, public and private cloud usage is expected to grow even more — 49% and 18%, respectively, year-over-year for the next 2 years, while virtual and physical machines are expected to shrink by 13% and 23%, respectively.
When choosing a target cloud platform, the top consideration among the companies surveyed is price (18%). In 2016, when the top consideration was reliability (22%), price was not even among the top 3 considerations.
As migration technology advances, the challenges facing companies have changed. In 2016, 19.3% of companies listed technical feasibility as a primary migration challenge, whereas this year only 9.1% expressed this concern.
Another impact of advances in migration technology is more aggressive downtime goals. This year, 26.5% of companies stated that they cannot afford any downtime during migration cutovers, whereas in 2016 only 12.5% expressed the need for zero downtime.
While most companies (66%) surveyed utilize both re-architecture and lift & shift migration strategies, when looking at companies with over 1,000 employees, there is a clear preference (68%) for lift & shift.
Over two-thirds (67%) of surveyed companies estimate the cost of migration to be more than $100/machine. In fact, 39% estimated the cost to be over $200/machine.