2020 Cloud Computing Survey Sheds Light On Cloud Adoption Tactics

IDG has released their Cloud Computing Survey findings for 2020, revealing much about the latest trends in cloud adoption.

Recently, the 2020 IDG Cloud Computing Survey was released detailing cloud adoption trends in present use as well as future projections. It also demonstrates how far cloud computing has come in just two short years.

The survey consisted of 551 responses from IT decision-makers who are involved in cloud decisions at organizations who at least have plans to have one application or a portion of their IT environment in the cloud.

Cloud Adoption

92% of the respondents’ total IT environment is at least partially in the cloud with:

  • 29% mostly in the cloud with some on-premises
  • 54% mostly on-premises with some cloud
  • 9% entirely cloud-based

Furthermore, 18 months from now, 95% of the respondents’ total IT environment are anticipated to be at least partially in the cloud with:

  • 43% mostly in the cloud with some on-premises
  • 36% mostly on-premises with some cloud
  • 16% entirely cloud-based

While all of the organizations represented in this survey are using the cloud at some capacity, it varies between company size and industry.

Cloud Migration vs. Cloud-Native

Enterprises are more likely to migrate to the cloud while SMBs are more likely to have applications which were originally built on the cloud (cloud-native apps), removing the need for migration.

The breakdown between industries are as follows:

Significantly more likely to previously used on-premises applications:

  • Government/non-profit
  • Financial services organizations

Evenly split between migrated and cloud-native apps:

  • Education
  • Technology

Cloud Commitment

Once companies switch to the cloud, it is rare for them to migrate completely back out. However, they sometimes have to move a specific application due to challenges such as cost, technical issues, security concerns or regulatory requirements.

When asked about plans to move apps back on-premises respondents answered as follows:

  • 73% did not expect their organization to move cloud-based apps back on-premises
  • 12% have already moved an app or workload back out of the cloud
  • 15% plan to do so in 12 months

Enterprises are more likely to make this move than SMBs – a trend that can be speculated due to SMBs being built from the start in a cloud-native ecosystem.


Many companies are cloud loyal but others prefer a multi-cloud environment for benefits such as best-of-breed platforms and service options, cost savings/optimization, improved disaster recovery/business continuity and increased platform and service flexibility.

While cost savings/optimization mattered more to SMBs when deciding how many clouds to use, enterprises were more concerned about avoiding vendor lock-in.

In fact, 55% of all respondents use multiple public clouds: 34% use two, 10% use three and 11% use more than three. Only 47% of SMBs use multiple clouds compared to 66% of enterprises which have more funding to manage a more complex cloud setup.

While a multi-cloud model may be beneficial to some, 79% of respondents reported challenges including increased complexity, training and hiring costs, increased costs due to cloud management and security challenges. Other problems include dealing with multiple cloud vendors and cloud systems which aren’t designed to interoperate.

Download a free copy of the full 2020 IDG Cloud Computing Survey.

Survey Takeaways

The cloud is growing in popularity and relevance. Organizations of all sizes are recognizing this and moving either partially or completely to the cloud in growing numbers.

Multi-cloud environments are undoubtedly the next phase of cloud computing, despite current issues in complexity. In fact, major cloud vendors like Google Cloud are making multi-cloud management easier.

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