One-fifth of today’s enterprise applications were born in the cloud, surveys suggest
‘Let them die in their own lifecycle’: Will on-premises applications simply wither away through gradual attrition?
By Joe McKendrick for Service Oriented
To date, the motis operandi of cloud implementations has been to apply the cloud-first principle to any and all new projects, applications or workloads, while leaving on-premises as is. In other words, cloud adoption grows in proportion through gradual attrition of on-premises systems. Therefore, it’s only a matter of cycles before the number of cloud-first generation workloads and systems outnumbers on-premises systems.
We may be close to one-fifth of the way there, two recent studies suggest. A survey of 100 IT managers from Cohesive Networks calculates that as of today, 18% of organizations have more than half of their workloads are “cloud native.” This maps closely to a study involving 902 organizations from Capgemini that estimates about 15% of cloud-native applications are cloud native.
Again, through natural attrition, more applications and workloads will be born in the cloud as they gradually replace on-premises systems. “Enterprises are waiting to adapt existing applications to cloud environments until the end of the useful life of existing data center equipment,” the authors of the Cohesive study suggest. It’s all happening quickly, though. Capgemini estimates that the slice of cloud-native deployments in enterprises will double over the next three years, to 32%.
There are business advantages being seen when the move to cloud is accelerated. Those enterprises that are fastest in getting new applications and systems up and running are “further ahead in monetizing their application programming interfaces,” the Capgemini researchers state. More than eight in ten (84%) in this leader group say moving to cloud native applications and systems has helped them to “increase revenue and reduce operating costs. Almost as many (83%) say they are ahead of their peers when it comes to financial performance.”
By: Margaret Valtierra