Leaders Lean Heavily on Cloud Architecture
A “cloud-first” strategy is one where the organization approaches new projects with the default stance to run them on a hybrid cloud architecture (whether shared or dedicated) unless they find a compelling reason not to. It doesn’t simply mean moving everything to public cloud infrastructure. Leaders are much more likely to adopt this more sophisticated version of a cloud-first strategy than any other group, with Explorers and Laggards highly unlikely to use this approach (see Figure 10).
Enterprises with cloud-first strategies are most likely to prefer a modern private cloud environment in the corporate datacenter or in a service provider’s datacenter that leverages dedicated infrastructure as an architecture. 48% of enterprises seek to host applications on private cloud unless a compelling reason exists to do otherwise, as opposed to 38% whose default preference is to use some form of shared public cloud.
Leaders are also more likely to actively opt for multicloud environments. 97% of all leaders use multicloud environments compared with 30% of laggards (see Figure 11). This fact further illustrates how enterprises with greater digital maturity are much more focused on optimizing workload placement than enterprises with low digital maturity.