The cloud is quickly becoming an unstoppable force in the enterprise, but some IT pros fear they could lose their job because of it, according to a new report from ScienceLogic. The company's "2017 Cloud Trends Report," released in mid-April, examined the cloud's impact on IT jobs, as well as the changing data center environments in business.
According to the report, 28% of IT pros are concerned that the growth of cloud infrastructure adoption could put their current job at risk. The main reasons why are because of improper tools to manage the cloud (50%), insufficient knowledge of where to migrate workloads (37%), and lacking the skills to confidently lead a cloud deployment (31%).
However, the cloud is bringing other challenges to IT as well. Some 56% of survey respondents said that were unable to verify their public cloud consumption, and only 37% of respondents could track the historical performance of their public cloud products. Additionally, 72% said they either didn't have processes in place to handle cloud sprawl, or didn't know whether they did or not.
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The cloud is also impacting the way that enterprises approach infrastructure. Some 40% of respondents noted that their data center footprint has been shrinking over the past three years. Also, 42% said that more than 25% of their infrastructure is in the cloud, up from 33% last year.
A growing number of businesses are trusting the cloud with more of their infrastructure, too. Of those surveyed, 23% said that more than half of their infrastructure is in the cloud today, up from 13% last year. Only 3% of enterprises expect that their infrastructure will still be cloudless in the next two years.
Projecting two years out, roughly 51% of respondents said that their company would likely be operating a hybrid cloud environment, with a mixture of both public and private cloud resources. Multi-cloud, or multiple public and/or private cloud, was the second most popular choice, with 17% of survey respondents selecting it. A little more than 9% said they would be exclusively public, while nearly 14% said they would be only relying on private cloud.
Not only are cloud deployments increasing overall, but a surprising number of companies are moving important assets to the cloud. A recent SolarWinds report said that 95% of businesses have migrated critical applications to the cloud.
Also, major vendors like Microsoft Azure continue to improve their migration tools, making it even easier to get to the cloud.
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
- According to a new report, 28% of IT pros are scared that cloud adoption could lead to them losing their jobs.
- Improper tools to manage the cloud, insufficient knowledge of where to migrate workloads, and the lack of proper skills were the main reasons IT pros were scared that they would be displaced by the cloud.
- More IT pros noted that their data center footprints are shrinking, and a big portion said they expect that a hybrid cloud strategy will be their company's plan in the future.
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Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.