Mature Organizations Seek an Appropriate Infrastructure Mix
Enterprises are proactively considering which infrastructure types are best for their individual workloads and what their optimized overall profile of infrastructure types looks like. They actively choose from traditional IT infrastructure and a diverse set of hybrid cloud options, matching infrastructures to use cases and development requirements in the way they feel makes the most sense.
Over the past three years enterprises have reduced their use of traditional on-premises infrastructure in favor of cloud alternatives, and they expect this trend to continue (Figure 5). Within the available cloud alternatives, private cloud solutions that still provide dedicated resources are growing fastest in share of compute resources. This growth indicates that respondents want more dedicated resources and to complement and extend shared infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service resources they are already using.
Today, Leaders have arrived at a very balanced approach to compute infrastructure for business-critical workloads. Their use of computing architectures is evenly distributed among traditional IT, private cloud, public cloud, and SaaS. In contrast, less mature enterprises continue to rely on traditional IT to a much greater degree, with Laggards still processing 65% of workloads on traditional on-premises infrastructure (see Figure 6).