Enterprises are all-in on multicloud as 93% of companies have a strategy to use multiple providers as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud all vie for customers and grab more wallet share, according to Flexera's State of the Cloud report.
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The findings highlight how multicloud is becoming the primary architecture choice as companies plan to mix clouds to avoid lock-in. Flexera had 750 respondents with 554 enterprises and 196 small and medium sized businesses. Of the respondents, 53% were advanced cloud users.
Flexera found that the top three public cloud providers remain AWS, Azure and Google, which has the fastest adoption in growth compared to a year ago. Flexera also found that Azure is narrowing the gap with AWS in the percentage of enterprises using it as well as the number of virtual machines.
Forty percent of AWS users spend at least $1.2 million annually with 36% spending that amount on Azure, according to Flexera.
To move their multicloud strategies along, Flexera found enterprises are betting heavily on containers. According to Flexera:
COVID-19 may also accelerate shifts to the cloud. Flexera found at least half of companies are accelerating their cloud plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic and move to remote work. Indeed, 59% of enterprises say cloud usage will exceed prior plans due to the pandemic, according to Flexera.
Among other key findings: