New research has revealed that hybrid cloud is the preferred strategy among enterprises, and that private cloud adoption fell in the year to January 2017.

According to the latest ‘State of the Cloud Survey’ by cloud management firm RightScale, private cloud adoption fell from 77 per cent in January 2016 to 72 per cent in the same month this year, bringing hybrid cloud adoption down from 71 per cent to 67 per cent in the same time period.

The survey, of 1,002 technology professionals, also found that 85 per cent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, up from 82 per cent in 2016. It was also revealed that 95 per cent of organisations surveyed are running applications or experimenting with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

“The RightScale 2017 survey showed that enterprise multi-cloud and hybrid cloud adoption continues to grow, and even with that growth, challenges are decreasing,” said Michael Crandell, chief executive of RightScale.

He added that companies reported using eight different clouds on average and that optimising costs is the top cloud initiative. Meanwhile, challenges, including security concerns, continue to abate as companies and individuals grow more comfortable with the cloud, he explained.

Lack of resources and expertise, which was the top cloud challenge in 2016, was less of a challenge in 2017, with only 25 per cent citing it as a major concern. This was down from 32 per cent in 2016.

Concerns about security also fell to 25 per cent, compared to 29 per cent last year. Managing cloud spend fell only slightly, from 26 per cent in 2016 to 25 per cent this year, to tie for the biggest challenge.

The survey also found that cloud users underestimate the amount of wasted cloud spend. Respondents estimate 30 per cent waste, while RightScale said it has measured actual waste between 30 per cent and 45 per cent.

Despite an increased focus on cloud cost management, only a minority of companies are taking critical actions to optimise cloud costs, such as shutting down unused workloads or selecting lower cost clouds or regions.

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