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Understanding Enterprise Cloud Adoption Part 1 – the State of the Cloud

How are enterprises adopting the cloud in 2019? Why are they choosing to adopt or not to adopt? And who are the key players driving this expansion?

We partnered with Deloitte Consulting LLP to help answer these questions, interviewing experts from a range of disciplines and industries to uncover the trends, challenges and opportunities enterprises face in cloud adoption today.

In this four-part blog series, we’ll explore our findings to give you new insights into how and why enterprises are embracing the public cloud.

The State of the Cloud

Today, enterprises have developed two distinct but complementary pathways to the cloud; one via the hybrid cloud, and the other by public cloud adoption. Most enterprises have embraced both approaches as parallel components of a complete cloud strategy.

Both paths emerged from different enterprise needs, driven by different teams.

Led by centralized infrastructure and operations teams, the hybrid cloud approach aims to extend on-premises environments to the cloud to achieve cloud interoperability based on seamless infrastructure.

Public cloud adoption, on the other hand, can also be led by Line of Business (LoB) app development and DevOps teams looking to leverage the cloud to develop next-gen, cloud-ready apps.

The Emergence of Multi-Cloud

This second path has led to the emergence of a multi-cloud network, not by design, but by default.

DevOps teams have adopted a variety of clouds for their apps, unconsciously creating a complex and operationally disconnected multi-cloud environment.

At the same time, DevOps activities on public clouds have reached a state of maturity where businesses are placing a premium on having their development teams focus as much as possible on features that drive revenue growth and increase customer retention and acquisition.

From DevOps to CloudOps

With more interest in having DevOps teams focus on features that differentiate, many DevOps teams are looking to offload non-development, operationally oriented tasks associated with public clouds to newly formed Cloud Operations teams.

These new Cloud Operations teams function as Centers of Excellence, addressing these tasks across all of the organization’s public clouds.

In part two, we examine these teams in greater depth, giving you further insight into the key players driving enterprise cloud adoption.

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