New research has shown that IT executives expect 60 per cent of enterprise workloads will run in the cloud by 2018.
According to 'Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation', a survey by 451 Research, 41 per cent of workloads currently run in the cloud.
It was revealed that amongst the various types of cloud deployment models, enterprises are most likely to use on-premises private cloud and software as a service (SaaS), each accounting for 14 per cent of all applications.
Survey respondents reportedly indicated that usage of on-premises private cloud will remain flat while they expect SaaS to grow sharply to 23 per cent of all enterprise workloads by mid-2018.
It was noted that just six per cent of enterprise workloads are currently running on infrastructure as a service (IaaS), the smallest portion for any public or private cloud type today.
However, the survey also revealed that IaaS is expected to see the highest growth, with usage predicted to double to 12 per cent of workloads over the next two years.
Supporting the IaaS growth trend, cloud usage among survey respondents is currently strongest in categories that have traditionally been drivers of IaaS adoption, such as web/media (14 per cent) and application development (eight per cent).
Survey respondents predict strong growth in critical enterprise workload categories, such as data and analytics and business applications.
Andrew Reichman, research director of 451 Research, said: “Because cloud delivers increasing agility and flexibility to better fit ever-changing business needs, IaaS and SaaS allow organisations to focus their efforts on their business, rather than on maintaining costly and complex datacenters and infrastructure.”
He added: “If used properly, it has the potential to dramatically improve efficiency and results of business technology usage.”
Cloud-first (an approach where a cloud solution is prioritised for all workload deployments) is common among enterprises, with 38 per cent of respondents saying they have such a policy today.