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4 Key Cloud Trends That Will Influence 2021

A report from Flexera reveals there’s an opportunity for solution providers to take advantage of growing cloud use in corporate America.

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Customers Embrace Multi-Cloud Strategy

According to the Flexera report, about 40 percent of all participating organizations regardless of size use multi-cloud management tools. They reported use on average of 2.6 public clouds and 2.7 private clouds while experimenting with an additional 1.1 public clouds and an additional 2.2 private clouds.

About 90 percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy and 80 percent have a hybrid cloud strategy—a combination of public and private clouds. Only 7 percent of enterprise respondents reported having a single public cloud strategy, with a fewer share of respondents having a single private cloud strategy. Enterprises are running about half of their workloads in a public cloud and storing 44 percent of data in a public cloud.

They plan to increase workloads in public clouds over 12 months by 8 percent while increasing data by 7 percent, according to the Flexera survey.

Among enterprises using a hybrid strategy, 76 percent said they incorporate multiple public clouds. More than half report using more than one private cloud.

Half of survey respondents said understanding app dependencies is the top challenge they face in cloud migration, followed by technical feasibility of migrating on-premises apps and assessing on-premises costs compared with cloud costs. Enterprises reported a better understanding of app dependencies compared with last year. Sixty-six percent cited it as a challenge in 2020 compared with 51 percent this year.

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