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Surge in uptake of VMware on AWS, survey reports
Tue, 27th Aug 2019
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Enterprises are expressing growing interest in cloud platforms such as VMware Cloud on AWS, according to managed service provider Faction.

The company polled 1156 IT and business professionals and found that respondents are using an average of 2.59 clouds, choosing from Azure, AWS, VMware Cloud on AWS, and Google.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said they have workloads in Azure, 57% in AWS, 25% in VMware Cloud on AWS, and 26% use Google.

Faction CEO Sean Charnock notes that results are aligned with what customers report to Faction.

“Scalability, support for strategic initiatives, and cost savings are leading drivers for VMware Cloud on AWS interest and adoption,” says Sean Charnock, CEO of Faction. “We expect adoption to continue at a rapid pace over the next few years.

Highlights from the Faction 2019 VMware Cloud on AWS Market Survey include:

●      Interest in VMware Cloud on AWS is growing. Twenty-nine% of respondents plan to increase workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS in the next 12 months.

●      The next two years offer a window of significant migration to VMware Cloud on AWS. Twenty-three% of those respondents planning to migrate to or deploy VMware Cloud on AWS plan to do so in the next 12 months, while another 26% plan to migrate in 12 to 24 months.

●      Top business initiatives for those using VMware Cloud on AWS today are data center extension (49%), cloud migration (46%), AWS integrated applications (35%), and disaster recovery (33%).

●      Looking forward, top business initiatives for respondents considering using VMware Cloud on AWS are data center extension, disaster recovery, and cloud migration, as cited by 39%, 32%, and 19% of respondents, respectively.

●      Scalability is a top driver for considering VMware Cloud on AWS. Scalability is cited by 54% of respondents as a top driver. Other top drivers include strategic IT initiatives (cited by 49%) and cost savings (cited by 45%).

●      Cross-industry interest in VMware Cloud on AWS: The top four industries considering VMware Cloud on AWS are tech services, financial services, education and healthcare.

●      Off-premise private cloud users will be a major source of growth. More than half (55%) of the respondents who have workloads on off-premises private cloud are considering VMware Cloud on AWS.

●      Top challenges to migrate to VMware Cloud on AWS: For respondents who have already migrated to VMware Cloud on AWS, the top three migration challenges were executing the actual migration (29%), assessing workloads (20%), and finding experienced personnel (19%).

●      Top usage challenges of VMware Cloud on AWS: For respondents who have already put workloads in VMware Cloud on AWS, the top three usage challenges are cost management (51%), network complexity (37%) and AWS prerequisites (27%).

●      Kubernetes has matured, with half of users running it on-prem or on VMware Enterprise. Top use scenarios of Kubernetes are on-prem (31%), on VMware Enterprise (PKS; 19%), and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS; 17%).