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

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    MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Virtustream,
    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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    Head of Global Communications, Virtustream
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