Since 2012, cloud portfolio management company RightScale has conducted an annual survey designed to uncover trends in how organisations are adopting cloud technology, what benefits they gain, the challenges they perceive, and which cloud vendors they are using. The ensuing State of the Cloud reports are a useful bellwether for the industry.

RightScale's surveys encompass a range of company sizes: the 2016 State of the Cloud Report, for example, is based on responses from 1,060 IT professionals, a third (33%) of whom are from small businesses with under 100 employees; 42 percent work in enterprises with over 1000 employees, while the r ...

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