Software as a service dominates the cloud


The majority of respondents in a new cloud adoption survey say they use software as a service (SaaS). Eight in 10 (80%) IT professionals in organizations that use cloud computing have implemented SaaS.

That’s according to “State of the Cloud: A Security Perspective,” a Dark Reading report published in March. The research interviewed decision makers with IT job titles in organizations that use cloud services. These organizations include companies of all sizes from a variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and education.

The overall picture of the survey is one of a robust remote work environment. While SaaS was by far the most widely adopted cloud application, nearly half of respondents also said they use infrastructure as a service (49%) and platform as a service (47%). ). Other everyday work solutions were rarer, including desktop as a service (19%) and containers as a service (14%).

One of the barriers to wider implementation of cloud computing is the security concerns that are the focus of this report. Many respondents say they already use cloud tools to secure their data and networks. A quarter (25%) of respondents use disaster recovery as a service to help bounce back from cyberattacks and natural disasters. Nearly one in five (18%) implement security as a service. However, only 10% of cloud users use SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) defense, which means that this area is still largely open to competition.

For more data and insights, download the full report.

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