If you thought only business drivers or culture change necessitate companies to move to the cloud, here’s some interesting fact for you. According to key findings of the latest report released by the Cloud Foundry Foundation, it is rather the maturity, flexibility and reliability of cloud technology that are pushing companies to increase and expand their adoption.

“As IT decision makers have experienced the impressive benefits of the cloud, they have broadened their adoption to more sophisticated technologies in the platform and application development layer of the stack, such as PaaS, containers and serverless,” said Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation.

“We’re seeing a virtuous cycle, as comfortability with one technology results in lightning-speed adoption of more advanced technologies. In a decade, we can expect serverless to be as commonplace as PaaS,” he added.

Compared to November 2017, there has been a 13 point increase in IT decision makers who report they’ve selected their cloud providers and are beginning to deploy more broadly.

According to the report, cloud is consistent across new and legacy apps. Forty-five percent of companies are doing at least some cloud-native app development, and 40 percent are doing some re-architecting/refactoring of their legacy apps.

Familiarity with cloud technologies is also on the rise. Seventy-four percent of respondents can comfortably explain “PaaS” to a colleague, compared to just 63 percent who said they could in February 2016. Additionally, 49 percent can now explain “containers,” an increase from just 24 percent. As comfortability has increased, only 14 percent of respondents report they are not using or evaluating a PaaS, and only 13 percent said they are not using or evaluating containers.

In February 2016, 15 percent more respondents said technology was a bigger obstacle to their application development productivity than culture. Today, 11 percent more respondents say culture is a bigger obstacle than technology, suggesting a commitment to culture change is necessary to realize the benefits of adoption.

The report was announced at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018.

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