A survey conducted in partnership with Amazon Web Services reveals that corporate data of one-fourth companies is now being dealt through the cloud. The survey data released by the Independent Oracle Users Group, in partnership with Amazon Web Services shows that more of the enterprises are shifting towards cloud technology. The phenomenon also states that enterprise managers are feeling more confident that their data is safe on the cloud. Also, the easy accessibility from cloud providers plays a major role in bringing about this shift.

However, according to the same survey, there are still some challenges to be overcome in terms of integrating cloud services into core applications and operations. This survey, which was conducted on 202 data and IT managers, asks for the most recent public cloud deployment for the respondents to find out other details such as its architecture, purpose, challenges, and depth.

The inferences drawn from the answers suggest an interesting pattern as the projects were targeted towards replacing existing functionality rather than using it for something quite new. This statement can be backed up by statistics as 58% of managers felt that the cloud is being applied to replace existing systems or to upgrade the current systems. Only 41% admitted to using cloud projects for adding new functionality.

Another noteworthy fact that came to light is that, on average, public cloud providers manage one in every four bytes of enterprise data. This means, there will still be a large mass of data remaining on-premises even though around half of new database projects are going to public cloud providers. In statistical terms, 65% of respondents say it’s likely that they will move into hybrid cloud arrangements over the next couple of years.

While on the point of hybrid cloud architecture, out of all the projects studied, only 34% were based on a hybrid model. The share of projects built on databases and hosted entirely in the cloud were 33% while that of cloud projects associated with SaaS applications were 23%.

As a part of the survey, participants were also asked to talk about the difficulties they faced while working with cloud projects. Topping the list of challenges, as cited by 37% respondents, were the issues of connectivity and networking. Performance issues with the cloud service and skills issues with managing the service and implementation were two other problems that emerged as front-runners on this list with 35% votes for each of these problems.

Earlier, cloud implementations were mostly done for enterprise functions on the periphery such as organizing and managing sales communications. An analysis of the penetration of cloud projects into the enterprises as a part of this survey revealed a positive change in this situation. Cloud has diversified its root and reaching towards the inner core of the organizations.