Hybrid cloud is where the action is

Multicloud is definitely a thing. However, it’s not exactly clear what that “thing” is. According to new survey data from database vendor MariaDB, 71% of survey respondents report running databases on at least two different cloud providers today. Yet when asked what would keep them from going all in on a cloud database, a vendor’s “lack of a multicloud offering” ranked dead last. In other words, everyone is doing multicloud, but no one knows why.

Which perhaps supports Gartner analyst Lydia Leong’s contention that, “Most organizations end up multicloud, rather than intending to be multicloud in a deliberate and structured way.” Pragmatism, not dogmatism, rules.

The database is getting cloudy

If you’re bullish on cloud, MariaDB’s survey data will confirm your bias. According to the survey, roughly 89% of those surveyed expect to see at least 50% of their databases running in the cloud by 2025. Nor is MariaDB’s data an outlier here: Gartner goes one step further, projecting that 75% of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform by 2022.

As much as I hope this is true (I work for a cloud vendor, after all), I will admit that it seems overly ambitious. Let’s do some math. First, Gartner pegs global IT spending at $3.9 trillion in 2020. Cloud spending, by contrast, will hit $266 billion. I’m no math genius but I think that means just 7% of IT spending is going toward cloud this year (and, of course, a fraction of that will be spent on databases).

It’s possible that tens of billions of dollars in database cloud spend will shift from on-premises to cloud workloads within two years, but IT tends to move slowly, particularly with databases. This isn’t to suggest cloud isn’t a big deal. It is. But it’s going to take time.

And yet…

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