Companies that are more confident in the cloud than ever, but still worry about security issues

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Another year, another study on cloud adoption – and if it’s surprising statistics you want, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Yet this may be seen as a good thing. As the report released by NetEnrich shows, the numbers on infrastructure and public cloud usage for enterprise continues to tick over, while security remains vital and DevOps still has a long way to go to mass adoption.

The research, which polled 100 IT decision makers in companies with 500 or more employees, found large enterprises in particular were ‘eagerly adopting cloud infrastructure, applications and services.’ More than two thirds (68%) said they were using cloud infrastructure today, with only 5% saying it wasn’t in their plans, while almost half (47%) reported ‘extensive’ public cloud production usage.

In terms of cloud adoption models, the choices large organisations had made were refreshingly wide-ranging. Only one in five (18%) said they were strictly using infrastructure as a service (IaaS), with 45% in the ‘mostly IaaS and some PaaS’ (platform as a service) category. 37% said they used IaaS and PaaS easily, as well as dabbling in containers.

While that side of application development is seeing solid interest in the enterprise, DevOps may need a further push. Less than one in four (23%) said they had completely switched to DevOps, with many others (59%) content to dip their toes in the water for now. Naturally, security continues to be an overriding concern – and it’s even less of a surprise when considering the implications for enterprise organisations.

Almost three quarters (72%) said security was their top priority for 2019, while a third said it was their biggest concern when it came to public cloud. “The cloud infrastructure and applications business has never been better, and the reason is consumer demand,” said Javed Sikander, CTO at NetEnrich. “

Despite the various data breaches, security missteps and occasional outages, consumers of technology services are putting more data into the cloud; they’re using more digital products and services; and they’re buying more devices that run cloud-based applications.

“Like other consumer activities, users clearly are saying that when it comes to the cloud, they’re willing to accept some risk,” added Sikander. “Business and IT leaders are getting the message, which explains the big jump in the amount of time and money companies are spending on cloud.” You can check out the full survey results here.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.