While it's hardly a "new thing," cloud investment hasn't plateaued either: The majority of organizations plan to boost their investment into the cloud over the next two years, with private and
hybrid clouds emerging as top priorities, according to a recent survey from SUSE. The accompanying report, "SDI, Containers and DevOps - Cloud Adoption Trends Driving IT Transformation," reveals that existing staff skillsets (or a lack thereof) remain a key, potential obstacle to successful cloud migration efforts. And, as the title of the report indicates, companies are keenly interested in expanding their use of software-defined infrastructure (SDI), containers and DevOps - in addition to OpenStack. As a result of these efforts and the aforementioned cloud investments, they expect to save money, improve productivity, boost innovation, increase agility, accelerate IT delivery and simplify data center management. "(The) cloud has come a long way in the last ten years," according to the report. "Cautious experimentation in cloud has for many businesses evolved into cloud-first strategies underpinning IT transformation on a far larger scale. Agility is the watchword for competitive survival and success as we approach 2020, and as organizations progress with digital transformation, they are realizing that the human and technology sides of business are intertwined." More than 1,400 global senior IT decision-makers took part in the research, which was conducted by Insight Avenue. For more about the survey, click here.