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97 Percent of Organizations Have Adopted Multicloud Strategies for Mission-Critical Applications, New Study Reports

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the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies business,
today announced the findings of a new April 2019 study, “Multicloud
Strategies Drive Mission-Critical Benefits”
revealing that 97
percent of respondents are employing multicloud strategies for
mission-critical applications and nearly two-thirds are using multiple
vendors for mission-critical workloads.

The Virtustream-commissioned study was conducted by Forrester Consulting
and is based on a global survey of more than 700 cloud technology
decision makers at businesses with more than 500 employees. The study
examines the current state of enterprise IT strategies for cloud-based
workloads and details the increasing interest and needs of IT decision
makers for multi-use cloud architectures.

Multicloud Investments Are on the Rise

The study shows that multicloud deployments are here to stay, and
investments look to increase over the next two years. Budgets for
staffing, training and investments in multicloud strategies are on the
rise, causing organizations to add new expertise and skills around
maintenance, implementation and cost optimization. Almost 90 percent of
organizations predict they’ll maintain or increase their investment and
staffing for multicloud deployments over the next two years.
Specifically, 87 percent will maintain or increase training investment
and 88 percent will maintain or increase investment in managed service

“Forrester’s new study confirms that organizations are investing in and
adopting multicloud deployments for their mission-critical applications
to derive significant improvements in agility, performance and cost
savings,” said Joy Corso, Chief Marketing Officer, Virtustream.
“With the market’s continuing evolution to multicloud, IT decision
makers are either hiring or turning to companies with deep expertise in
end-to-end migration planning and services as well as deep expertise
in automated, secure, highly scalable and high-performance cloud
services for their mission-critical enterprise applications.”

Study Finds Big Business Benefits Associated with Multicloud for
Mission-Critical Applications

A significant number of enterprises say they are using multicloud
strategies today for mission-critical applications, with the top-ranked
use cases centering on customer and financial data, in addition to sales
applications. This wave of adoption has raised confidence in using
multicloud solutions for mission-critical applications – in fact, nearly
75 percent of organizations say they are using two to three cloud
providers today for those business-critical applications.

Surveyed IT leaders showed a diverse set of use cases for their
multicloud strategies and believe such an approach yields broad
benefits, from increased performance and agility to improved efficiency
and costs. Performance and cost savings ranked as the top success
metrics organizations use for evaluating these strategies. The third
most cited benefit of multicloud is the ability to quickly and
efficiently respond to changes and challenges within the business.

Security and Management Challenges Top List of Concerns

Multicloud deployments are complex, and nearly all surveyed
organizations experienced issues with deploying and using multiple cloud
environments. Although 61 percent feel their multicloud strategy is well
aligned to their business objectives, security and management challenges
are still reflected as the top issues with use, migration and
deployment. In response, organizations are looking to add staff with
specific multicloud experience and to work with cloud vendors with
expertise and managed service offerings.

To learn more about the Virtustream study conducted by Forrester
Consulting, click here.

Virtustream Webinar Featuring Forrester:

Attend an informative webinar discussing the study, “Multicloud
Strategies Drive Mission-Critical Benefits,”
hosted by Virtustream
with guest speaker Lauren Nelson, Principal Analyst, Forrester. The
webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Click here
to register today.


In this study, Forrester Consulting conducted an online survey and
interviews with 719 cloud strategy and application management decision
makers in the US, EMEA, and APAC to evaluate the state of enterprise
cloud strategies. Survey participants included decision makers in IT and
operations roles at their companies. Questions provided to the
participants asked about their multicloud architectures and the current
state of their muliticloud and application management strategies.
Respondents were offered a small monetary incentive as a thank you for
time spent on the survey. The study began in January 2019 and was
completed in April 2019.

About Virtustream

Virtustream, a Dell Technologies business, is the enterprise-class cloud
company that is trusted by organizations worldwide to migrate and run
their mission-critical applications in the cloud. For enterprises,
service providers and government agencies, Virtustream’s professional
and managed services expertise combined with the Virtustream xStream®
Management Platform and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) meets the
security, compliance, performance, efficiency and consumption-based
billing requirements of complex production applications in the cloud –
whether private, public or hybrid.

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