It’s no secret that organisations around the world are rushing to migrate their systems infrastructure to the public cloud to take advantage of its many potential benefits, including the ability to easily scale cloud-based applications and launch new applications, cost savings from allocating the proper resources to specific needs, and increased speed of innovation. Public cloud investment in Western Europe is no exception, and is forecasted to grow more quickly than in the United States. According to IDC, the public cloud market in Western Europe will grow at a healthy 23.2% CAGR through 2020, surpassing the sector’s 19.9% CAGR in the United States.

Many of our customers depend on New Relic to get the most out of their cloud environments, so we wanted to better understand how organisations get the most benefit from their cloud migration efforts. To that end, we surveyed more than 500 large and small enterprises across the United States and Europe. To see the full results of that survey, check out our online ebook or download the PDF.

Given perceptions that European IT organisations are not as mature as their US counterparts, I was curious to see if the survey results reflected this. Digging into the findings uncovered some interesting differences:

Europe is committed to the public cloud

When asked about the current state of their organisations’ cloud investments, only a small number of European respondents reported being ‘fully’ in the public cloud. However, more than half (51%) said they had workloads split between private data centers and the public cloud, a number significantly higher than their counterparts in the United States. It appears more organisations in Europe are already seeing the value of locating strategic production workloads in the public cloud.

cloud migration survey: production workloads chart

When we asked about enterprises’ future plans to shift workloads to the public cloud, 44% in the US compared to 38% in Europe gave a definitive ‘yes.’ But when we added the ‘yes’ and ‘maybe’ responses, Europe totaled 89% compared to just 83% in the US. It seems that while more organisations in the States are definitely planning a move to the cloud, more organisations in Europe are actively considering a shift.

In the next few years in Europe, many of the organisations in the ‘maybe’ category will likely fall into the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ category, whereas their US counterparts may have already completed their evaluation on whether or not to shift to the public cloud and have made a definitive decision. This uncertainty in Europe could be caused by the tension between the need to be more agile and compete globally, while also having to address stricter regulatory and privacy concerns than do US companies.

cloud migration survey: strategic workloads chart

DevOps adoption and satisfaction

The survey results clearly emphasised the importance of evolving a company culture to support cloud migration. In fact, the responses suggest that DevOps success requires a significant commitment and that partial DevOps adoption might be not just ineffective, but a hindrance.

devops improvement chart

Our survey found slightly higher levels of DevOps adoption in Europe than in the United States. The data suggest that many IT organisations in Europe are more committed to the cultural changes necessary to support their dynamic cloud initiatives. At the same time, however, respondents in Europe reported slightly lower satisfaction levels in adopting DevOps.

Taken together, these results imply that European IT organisations are invested in the DevOps concept, but aren’t yet seeing the returns that their US counterparts are enjoying. The data tells us that full adoption of DevOps leads to better metrics all around, so either the practices they are putting in place don’t match the overall organisational commitment, or it’s too soon to see successful results of current DevOps adoption efforts. It will be very interesting to see how this satisfaction metric changes over time.

cloud migration survey devops results

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Frequency of deployments

One oft-touted benefit of cloud migration and DevOps is the increased frequency of production deployments. Despite the perceived lack of satisfaction in adopting DevOps, 20% of respondents in Europe reported deploying once/day or higher vs. just 15% in the United States. Again, the satisfaction levels don’t necessarily match the results—it seems like the IT organisations that took part in the survey are seeing some benefits to their cloud migration efforts even if they aren’t fully happy with their use of DevOps methodologies.

There could be internal cultural issues that need to be addressed through more customised implementations of DevOps practices to make sure stakeholders feel comfortable with the evolution, all with the goal of getting the most return from their cloud investment.

cloud migration survey devops chart

Despite the differences in the results between the US and European respondents, the primary story is the same globally: dynamic cloud use is rapidly growing because organisations are eager to scale faster and more easily, and to dramatically shorten their development cycles. Similarly, to get the best return on their cloud migration efforts, it’s critical to fully commit to DevOps. It’s clear that in such a dynamically changing landscape, DevOps and the cloud could be the difference between succeeding against a less nimble competitor or being left behind instead.

Read the full survey

To get the whole story, read the entire survey report—Achieving Serverless Success with Dynamic Cloud and DevOps—or download it as a PDF.

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Baxter Denney is Head of Marketing, EMEA, for New Relic. View posts by .

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