The SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization, released Wednesday, highlights IT’s continual move to the cloud, especially for key workloads. According to the report, 95% of IT professionals surveyed said they had “migrated critical applications and IT infrastructure to the cloud over the past year.”

However, despite the growth of cloud deployments for key applications, IT budgets aren’t necessarily shifting to reflect this change. In the report, 69% of respondents said that less than 40% of their yearly IT budget is spent on cloud technologies. But 59% did note that they were receiving the expected benefits from a cloud implementation (e.g. scalability, availability).

The report also said that many organizations (45%) are still dedicating some 70% or more of their yearly budget to traditional, on-premises applications. This proves that there is still a strong demand for hybrid infrastructure, with businesses utilizing public cloud platforms and local data centers.

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Over the past 12 months, 74% of respondents reported that their organization had moved applications to the cloud, while 50% moved storage, and 35% moved databases. These areas were initially prioritized for migration, as they were seen to have the greatest potential ROI, the report said.

Despite the upswing in cloud adoption, 35% of those surveyed said they had initially migrated applications and infrastructure to the cloud before ultimately bringing them back on-premises. The two areas most commonly brought back on-premises were applications (19%) and databases (13%). In terms of the reasoning behind this shift, 28% cited security and compliance, and 21% said poor performance was to blame, the report said.

In addition to changing revenue and delivery models, the cloud has also changed the careers of the IT practitioners who are using it. Of those surveyed, 62% said that the cloud has required them to learn new skills, but has also allowed them to stay on the same career path, while 11% said the cloud has altered their career path. More than half of the surveyed professionals also said that their organization was actively looking, or at least planning, to hire or reassign IT professionals strictly for the management of cloud technologies.

However, an IT skills gap and increased workload were listed as two of the largest drawbacks to cloud deployments. “Nearly half (46%) do not believe that IT professionals entering the workforce now possess the skills necessary to manage hybrid IT environments,” the report stated.

Multi-cloud environments were also popular among respondents, with some 69% reporting that their organization uses up to three cloud provider environments. Another 9% of respondents claimed to use 10 or more providers. Although, this doesn’t necessarily mean that these companies are relying on the cloud for a majority of their infrastructure needs. While 35% said that somewhere between 1% and 9% of their infrastructure is hosted in the cloud, a mere 1% said their infrastructure is, in its entirety, hosted in the cloud.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. A recent SolarWinds report said that 95% of businesses have migrated critical applications and infrastructure to the cloud.
  2. Cloud adoption is changing IT roles as well, with 62% saying that, at the very least, the cloud had required them to adopt new skills.
  3. Only 1% of the respondents said their infrastructure was fully cloud-hosted, while 35% said that somewhere between 1% and 9% of their infrastructure was in the cloud.