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Saugatuck Technology’s latest report details strong growth in Cloud Infrastructure

The pace of transition from conventional (in-house) infrastructures to a range of Cloud infrastructure alternatives is rapidly picking up steam – a Internal Private Cloud, Hosted Private Cloud, Public Cloud and Hybrid (On-premises + Public Cloud) become the platforms of choice. While CRM, HCM and Marketing-based SaaS solutions have dominated early Cloud decisions and deployments – the growing migration of On-premises production workloads to the Cloud, as well as the creation and deployment of Cloud-native production workloads clearly shows that we are entering a new phase in Cloud usage.

IT leaders continue to be focused on reducing infrastructure costs while improving security and service levels. This motivates IT to avoid expensive and high-maintenance legacy systems – especially if the workloads require highly scalable infrastructure. Although many companies have been hesitant to rip and replace at this point, for many legacy applications the upgrade path is becoming increasingly convoluted – providing little choice except to look for alternative (and less expensive) platforms.

Representative findings in the report include:

  • Significant evolution away from traditional IT infrastructures as the primary IT profile for organizations – i.e., those characterized as On-prem / Limited Virtualization or as On-prem / Virtualized (72 percent in 2015 to 18 percent by 2019).
  • While Private Cloud – either internal Private Cloud or Hosted Private Cloud – will grow rapidly from 2015 to 2017 (17 percent to 38 percent), it appears to plateau, identified as the primary IT profile by only 40 percent of IT shops by 2019.
  • Substantial increase in Public Cloud-driven infrastructures as a primary IT profile – i.e., those characterized as Hybrid (On-prem + Public Cloud) or fully Public Cloud – (12 percent in 2015 to 42 percent in 2019).
  • From back-up / recovery to systems management to application performance monitoring, only 20-25 percent of IT shops have recently upgraded their systems. However, the research implies a much bigger move will occur through 2016 – with most of these capabilities seeing 45 percent (+) upgrade decisions.
  • Spending on security will increase across all categories, with spending on cloud security, fraud detection and database security increasing the most significantly from traditional on-premises to Cloud.
  • Over 40 percent of IT execs cited Budget & ROI as their primary inhibitors in changing their IT infrastructure.
  • Brand name hardware vendors will dominate as the hardware platform of choice for building out on-premises Private Clouds, but the research is less clear for Hosted Private Cloud and Public Cloud.

These are among the many insights that can be gained from a new study released by IT business strategy firm Saugatuck Technology, Inc. The comprehensive 73-page report entitled, “Next-Gen IT – Cloud on the March,” is available today free of charge to Saugatuck research clients, and available for purchase and downloading by non-clients.

“The balance of the decade will see significant transitions for IT buyers, as they update infrastructures to leverage emerging and cost-effective Cloud options, where appropriate,” shared Charlie Burns, Saugatuck VP and co-lead author of the report. Adding to this, Alex Bakker, Research Director and the other co-lead author shared: “Updating legacy applications is becoming a necessity. As Cloud infrastructure becomes increasingly mainstream, the prospect of reducing staff and complexity makes the ROI of rip and replace much more favorable.”

This Saugatuck Strategic Report summarizes and presents key findings from a recently completed global web survey of 327 senior IT executives. Among the many research topics that readers of this report will learn from include:

  • IT Infrastructure Profiles 2015-2019 (plus qualitative insight / quotes)
  • IT Organizational Profiles
  • Infrastructure Upgrade Plans
  • Statements on Infrastructure Planning
  • Sourcing On-Premises Infrastructure
  • Sourcing Cloud Infrastructure and Management
  • Spending on Security
  • Highest Impact Technology Trends
  • Top Drivers of Upgrading IT
  • Top Inhibitors of IT Infrastructure Change
  • Cloud Infrastructure Deployment: Estimates for New Workloads
  • Cloud Infrastructure Deployment: Estimates for Cumulative Migration of Existing Workloads
  • Private Versus Public Cloud Usage

Ongoing subscribers to Saugatuck’s Continuous Research Services (CRS) can download the report (after signing in to their Saugatuck accounts) by clicking here ( Non-clients interested in purchasing and downloading the report can do so here ( Saugatuck is pleased to provide media and associated parties a copy for their professional use; please email chris.macgregor(at) for access.

About Saugatuck Technology
Saugatuck Technology, Inc., provides subscription research and advisory consulting services focused on key market trends and disruptive technologies driving change in business computing. Founded in 1999, Saugatuck is headquartered in Westport, CT with resources in metro Boston, Silicon Valley, and Wiesbaden, Germany. For more information, please visit or call +1.203.454.3900.

To request a briefing with our analysts, contact: chris.macgregor(at)

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