Cloud migrations to increase

A LogicMonitor study of 500 global IT decision makers examines the future of cloud workloads and the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on IT organisations in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Though the full picture is still evolving, the survey suggests that COVID-19 has become a powerful catalyst for rapid cloud migration.

LogicMonitor’s Cloud 2025 study  found that 87 percent of global IT decision makers agree that the COVID-19 pandemic will cause organisations to accelerate their migration to the cloud. Specifically, nearly three quarters (74 percent) of respondents believe that, within the next five years, 95 percent of all workloads will be in the cloud. Many IT decisions makers around the world are even more optimistic than that, with 37 percent of respondents in the APAC region saying 95 percent of workloads will reach the cloud by 2022, compared with 35 percent of US/Canada respondents and 30 per cent of UK respondents.

That is a different tone from similar LogicMonitor research conducted in 2017, when 13 per cent did not think the shift would ever happen, and 62 percent of respondents thought it would take five years or more for 95 per cent of workloads to run in the cloud.

Tej Redkar, chief product officer at LogicMonitor, said: “It is clear that organisations are hastening their cloud migration during the crisis, as the cloud is enabling them to operate remotely now while also serving as the foundation for digital transformation and ongoing innovation.”

Survey respondents made it clear that remote work was a driving force behind cloud migration. “If things go smoothly initially with remote work [as a result of COVID-19], then I expect increased efficiency and much more cloud usage”, noted one IT decision maker.

One survey respondent said: “In a fully remote workforce scenario, there will be cost savings in terms of office leases, but more money will be spent on remote IT services. Everything will be in the cloud – including more automation and Internet of Things (IoT).”

LogicMonitor’s Cloud 2025 survey also revealed that global IT decision makers anticipate a decline in on-premises (on-prem) workloads over the next five years amidst accelerating shifts to the cloud. Prior to COVID-19, 35 percent of workloads resided on-prem, according to survey respondents. However, by 2025, they believe only 22 percent of workloads will reside on-prem. This represents a drop of 13 percent.

“If everyone is remote, companies will have to switch from on-prem infrastructure to more cloud-based infrastructures”, commented one IT decision maker on why his organisation is accelerating its cloud migration.

Respondents from all three regions anticipated a significant decline in on-prem workloads between now and 2025. IT decision makers based in the US and Canada believe that on-prem workloads will fall from 35 percent today to 22 percent by 2025. In the UK, 38 percent of workloads currently on-prem are expected to decline to 21 percent by 2025. In Australia and New Zealand, 32 percent of workloads housed on-prem today are expected to decline to 24 percent by 2025.

Survey respondents believe workloads will remain evenly split between private and public clouds, even though more workloads overall will migrate to the cloud. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, global IT decision makers identified 23 percent of workloads as residing in the public cloud, and 25 percent in the private cloud. By 2025, these same decision makers believe 28 percent of workloads will reside in the public cloud, and 30 percent in the private cloud.