The number of IT organizations planning to move application workloads to the cloud that today run on VMware appears to be accelerating in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A survey of 1,054 IT and business professionals conducted by Faction, a provider of IT services, conducted in June finds more than half (51%) of all respondents are either accelerating their cloud adoption timeline or moving forward as planned. Among respondents considering deploying workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS the percentage is 8 points higher (59%), with scalability cited as the primary driver by more than half of respondents (52%). A quarter of respondents (25%) planning to make that transition said they plan to add or increase workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS in the next 12 months.
Top use cases among IT organizations currently running VMware Cloud on AWS are data center extension (26%), AWS integrated applications (22%) and cloud migration (18%). Among those considering VMware Cloud on AWS, the top use cases cited are data center extension (25%), disaster recovery (23%) and test & development (17%).
VMware may also be starting to gain some traction with cloud-native applications based on Kubernetes. The survey finds that while the VMware Tanzu platform is currently being used by only 1% of all respondents, 18% said they plan to adopt Tanzu in the next two years.
Duan van der Westhuizen, senior vice president for marketing and product at Faction said the survey shows VMware is making clear gains in the cloud. The biggest issue now is a lack of skills among internal IT departments looking to deploy workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS, said van der Westhuizen.
Of course, there are multiple ways to migrate application workloads to the cloud. Some IT organizations may opt to refactor applications to run natively on the open source virtual machines provided by AWS. Others may decide to encapsulate applications in containers that can then be deployed on top of any virtual machine. Regardless of the approach, the need to make applications available at a time when local data centers are inaccessible has driven many organizations to reconsider their options. One of the options is to do not do anything at all. VMware makes a variety of tools available via software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms that IT teams can employ to remotely manage workloads running anywhere.
It’s not clear to what degree workloads are moving to the cloud, given how unevenly vertical industries have been impacted by the economic downturn brought on by the downturn. The survey finds the top four industries considering VMware Cloud on AWS are technology services, financial services, health care and government. Among those organizations for which COVID-19 has paused or canceled cloud migrations, top factors are budget pressures (75%). Staffing shortages and macro-economic uncertainty each tied at 41%, the survey noted.
Virtual machine platforms from VMware are not going to disappear from the IT landscape anytime soon. However, given the number of options, IT organizations now have at their disposal, it appears less likely VMware will be able to continue its historic dominance over application workloads in the enterprise.