Storage the favourite use case for public cloud customers

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Storage and backup are the most common use cases for the public cloud and Microsoft Azure is Europe’s favourite cloud platform.

Those are the findings of a survey by backup product and service supplier Barracuda.

Nearly four out of five (77%) respondents to a survey of 550 European IT decision-makers (150 in the UK) cited storage as their key cloud workload, with 57% citing backup and recovery.

Behind that came application hosting (54%), data analytics (51%), customer relationship management (CRM) (46%), application testing and development (38%), and desktop virtualisation (33%).

Meanwhile, Microsoft Azure was found to be the most commonly used cloud platform (57%), with Amazon Web Services (46%), Google Cloud (38%) and IBM Bluemix (26%) behind it.

In the UK, Azure was more popular than elsewhere in Europe, with 67% of respondents more likely to use it.

On average, respondents said their organisation uses two public cloud service providers, with a higher figure in Germany (three). Of those that use more than one, the most likely reasons for doing so are that different providers have different strengths (55%) and that it increases security (44%).

On average, respondents’ organisations have 34.5% of their infrastructure in the public cloud, with this set to increase to 62.5% in the next five years. The UK average is lower, with 29% of infrastructure in the public cloud. The European cloud hotspot is Belgium/Netherlands with 40.5% of infrastructure hosted in the cloud.

Respondents reported that 20% of their organisation’s annual IT budget is spent on public cloud, on average, with this being higher (25%) among those in Belgium/Netherlands.

Trust in the cloud has increased with progress towards greater use, but reservations still exist.

When it comes to trust, 58% said they trust in the public cloud more than they did five years ago, and that is Europe-wide. The UK fell below that average with 52% saying they trust more in the public cloud now than five years ago.

Only about two in five (43%) of those surveyed felt totally confident that their organisation’s move to the public cloud is secure, with this being lowest (31%) for respondents in the UK.

About three in five (57%) respondents said that their organisation has added extra security measures to their public cloud to protect it during access. That figure is only 43% for the UK, however.

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