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451 Research Report: Cloud Trends and Expectations

Digital transformation is an imperative among enterprises today, and the cloud plays a key enabling role. With cloud first strategies becoming the new norm,technology has become the accelerant for transformation. Cloud adoption is increasing as enterprises seek to achieve their goals of building faster and running better at lower costs.


451 Research recently surveyed IT decision-makers and influencers from mid-sized and large enterprises to identify the key trends and expectations heading into 2017. What the research results demonstrated was both the prominence of the cloud in enterprise strategy, and the challenges that organizations are still attempting to overcome.

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  • 70% of enterprises are using multiple clouds to meet different enterprise requirements
  • “Public Cloud Plus One” is becoming an operating principal for CIOs when they are considering a cloud strategy
  • The expected usage of true hybrid architectures (single applications spanning multiple clouds) is fairly limited (10%)
  • The complexity added by hybrid cloud may, for now, outweigh its perceived benefits
  • Security continues to top the list of inhibitors to adoption and is essentially concerned with data protection


But it’s not all about technology. Organizations are being held back by non-IT barriers that challenge their ability to successfully undergo transformation initiatives. It turns out people and processes can make or break a cloud strategy.


The top five challenges to cloud adoption include:

  • Security policies – many organizations never consider the security risks unique to the cloud, or the amount of control and visibility relinquished
  • Organization/budget – factoring the cost-savings associated with the cloud while requiring new investments in solutions and processes
  • Alignment to the business – IT needs to support both enterprise and LOB needs for rapid deployment, scalability, and ease of use
  • Regulation/compliance – compliance and governance considerations are often not taken into account
  • Vendor selection issues – ensuring investment protection and a path that supports future needs by choosing vendors that align with an evolving cloud strategy


While cost is always used to build a business case for cloud adoption, the research also shows that:

  1. Agility, reliability, scalability and flexibility drive continued enterprise adoption.
  2. When selecting vendors, security of the data is forefront on the decision making process. Choosing ones that can turn things off and on, deploy different resources to meet particular needs, and put users in the driver’s seat when it comes to the data locality, security and recovery demanded by different workloads, is a best practice.
  3. Cloud vendors are improving hybrid capabilities, recognizing the need for an easier-to-use, common toolset across cloud and on-premise environments – it is becoming imperative for enterprises to address this especially as enterprises try to manage data between legacy workloads with next generation cloud native applications.


Now, more than ever, organizations are seeking guidance and expertise as they undergo transformation initiatives leveraging the cloud.


To learn more about the results of the 451 Research survey, download the whitepaper and infographic.


For hands-on learning about the latest cloud trends and expectations helping to deliver digital transformation, register for the free Destination Digital webinar on March 8th hosted by 451 Research, VMware, and Atos.

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