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Ubuntu 2014 Cloud and Server Survey

Canonical ran its sixth annual Ubuntu Server and Cloud Survey at the end of 2014. The survey aims to provide an overview of the enterprise cloud market, including emerging and changing trends, current challenges and technology preferences. It also tracks the adoption of OpenStack and Ubuntu as well as public cloud usage.

This year, the survey was completed by over 3000 CIOs, managers, software developers, engineers and others from a wide range of organisations in different sectors. The respondents were mostly Ubuntu server and cloud users, who represent a majority of public cloud users, and are the largest group of OpenStack users. In the survey they revealed what their infrastructure looks like, how it’s being managed and what it’s being used for. Here is a summary of the findings.

Ubuntu 2014 Cloud and Server Survey

  1. 1. Ubuntu Server and Cloud Survey January 2015
  2. 2. All Things Cloud Gartner says cloud computing, the Internet of Things and software defined infrastructure are among the top 10 trends of 2015 * Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014
  3. 3. The cloud is growing, but how exactly is it being used, where is it growing fastest, and what are the challenges to even greater adoption? We surveyed 3,100 Ubuntu Server and Cloud users globally, asking them what their infrastructure looks like, how it’s managed and what it’s being used for. Among many interesting findings, several themes emerged: o Cloud adoption remains heavily weighted to private models, but hybrid deployments are steadily on the rise o OpenStack is climbing to the top as a cloud management platform o The cloud is now being used for more mission critical functions o Data growth and the software defined data center are two primary drivers of cloud adoption
  4. 4. Cloud Infrastructure Cloud models are changing as adoption grows
  5. 5. What type of cloud infrastructure are you using? 22.8% 35.5% 20.0% 21.7% Public Private Hybrid None
  6. 6. What type of cloud infrastructure do you expect to build in the next 12 months? 0.0% 10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0% 60.0% Public Private Hybrid None 31.3% 51.9% 40.0% 13.4%
  7. 7. Which, if any, public cloud providers do you use? 21.1% 4.2% 2.3% 6.6% 30.0% 0.4% 1.9% 33.6% Amazon EC2 Rackspace HP Cloud Azure Google Cloud GoGrid IBM SmartCloud Other (please specify)
  8. 8. Google Cloud tops the public cloud provider options Hybrid cloud is now almost as popular as public cloud Open and Hybrid are key words for cloud
  9. 9. Over the next 12 months, do you expect to see a significant growth in the use of cloud services within your organisation? 55.7% 15.4% 28.9% Yes No Undecided
  10. 10. Which of the following will be the biggest hurdle for your organisation’s further adoption of use of the cloud in the next 12 months? 34.5% 26.1% 22.4% 2.9% 9.2% 4.9% Security/Data privacy Cost Complexity Compliance Interoperability between cloud platforms/providers Other (please specify)
  11. 11. Despite cloud growth, challenges remain Security, privacy, cost and complexity are the biggest hurdles to cloud adoption
  12. 12. If you have built a private cloud, what infrastructure did you use? 25.3% 1.1% 1.3% 2.3% 17.9%27.5% 17.5% 7.0% Openstack Eucalyptus Piston Cloudstack VMWare vCloud Have not built a private cloud No plans to build a private cloud in the next 12 months Other (please specify)
  13. 13. Cloud Functionality The cloud is not just for dev and testing anymore, but for mission-critical functions
  14. 14. Please rate the importance of the following functionalities in a cloud environment: 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 Hybrid cloud (aka 'cloud bursting') Configuration Management Image Lifecycle Management Power Management Not important Somewhat important Important Very important
  15. 15. Do you consider OpenStack ready for mission-critical workloads? 64.5% 35.5% Yes No
  16. 16. Have you or do you plan to deploy workloads of any type to a cloud environment? 72.1% 27.9% Yes No
  17. 17. Do you consider Ubuntu a viable platform for cloud based deployments? 72.6% 3.4% 24.0% Yes No Undecided
  18. 18. More than 70% are deploying workloads to a cloud environment The volume of workloads in the cloud is rising
  19. 19. What types of workloads have you deployed on the cloud? 0.0% 10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0% 60.0% 29.8% 16.0% 17.5% 52.1% 21.5% 41.5% 12.3% 27.7% 37.2% 10.2%
  20. 20. What types of applications/workloads have you deployed with Docker? 0.0% 5.0% 10.0% 15.0% 20.0% 25.0% 30.0% 35.0% 40.0% 45.0% 50.0% 25.9% 19.8% 22.2% 49.4% 28.4% 44.4% 22.2% 16.0% 24.7% 2.5%
  21. 21. Docker is currently being used largely for databases and dev and testing
  22. 22. Which of the following do you believe will be the biggest driver of your organisation’s further adoption of the cloud in the next 12 months? 31.9% 26.1% 26.4% 15.5% Growth surrounding the Internet of Things/Marchine-to-Machine (IoT/M2M) Hyperscale computing Software Defined Networking
  23. 23. The Internet of Things (IoT) movement is predicted to increase the number of connected devices in the world to more than 25 billion by the end of this decade. Which of the following about the cloud do you believe must change the most to support such growth? 43.1% 48.6% 42.0% 60.6% 7.2% 0.0% 10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0% 60.0% 70.0% Interoperability between public clouds Ability to rapidly configure new devices and services in the cloud Wireless network bandwidth Security & Data privacy assurances/controls Other (please specify)
  24. 24. However, more than half think cloud privacy and security must be improved to allow for IoT The Internet of Things is the single biggest driver of future cloud adoption. Hyperscale Computing and Software Defined Networking are close behind
  25. 25. For more information on the survey Visit: hybrid-cloud-sdn-and-iot-on-the-rise Infographic: