2017 Cloud Migration Strategy Report: Benchmarks, Trends, and Best Practices

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Released this week, CloudEndure’s third-annual Cloud Migration Strategy Survey Report confirms the tremendous shift companies are making from physical and virtual machines to the public cloud, but also reveals some surprising new trends.

Is 2017 really going to be the “year of the great migration?” Get all the data behind the hype in our third-annual 2017 Cloud Migration Survey Report based on responses from 256 IT professionals who participated in our online survey.

2017 Cloud Migration Survey Report 

According to the 2017 survey, within two years, 46% of production workloads will be located in the public cloud – an increase of 64%. Private cloud usage is also expected to increase, but only slightly – from 10% to 14%.

chart showing migration plans for 2017-2019

This shift will be even more dramatic among enterprises (defined for this survey as companies with over 1,000 employees). Based on the migration plans reported in our survey, public cloud usage among enterprises is expected to more than double.

Download the complete 2017 Cloud Migration Survey Report to benefit from all the findings.

While it is not surprising that cloud migration is gaining momentum, this year’s survey did reveal some new trends.

Last year, only 12% of respondents stated that their migration cutover downtime goal was zero. That is, their business could not afford any downtime when migrating workloads. This year, the number of companies expecting zero downtime during cutover more than doubled. In fact, 27% of companies now aim for zero downtime during migration cutover.

chart showing migration cutover goals

This trend reflects advances in migration technology which enable zero downtime, something that wasn’t possible just a few years ago. CloudEndure is proud to be a leader in migration technology, utilizing block-level continuous data replication, automated machine conversion, and application stack orchestration to help companies migrate to the cloud without downtime, data loss, or performance disruption.

Another unexpected finding in this year’s report involves which migration strategy companies are using. Whereas a vast majority (66%) of companies surveyed report utilizing a combination of Lift & Shift and Re-architecting to migrate workloads, only 27% of enterprises use this combined approach. Among enterprise companies, there is a clear preference for Lift & Shift, as can be seen in the chart below. (Not sure what the difference is between Lift & Shift and Re-architecting? Check out our eBook on the 5 Approaches for Migrating Workloads to the Cloud.)


The 2017 Cloud Migration Survey Report includes findings that companies can use to evaluate their own migration practices, including average migration costs per machine, top considerations for choosing a target platform, the duration of different phases of migration projects, and much more.

Download the full report and let us know what you think. Do you agree with the findings? Would you add anything to next year’s survey? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or through our contact us page.

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