Study shows: Multi-Cloud has come to stay

Study shows: Multi-Cloud has come to stay


According to survey results, multi-cloud deployments are on the rise, but companies are moving towards a hybrid multi-cloud. […]

Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a specialist in hybrid multi-cloud computing, has presented the results of its fourth global Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI). The study measures the progress of companies in cloud adoption. The research results show that the multi-cloud is already the most frequently used deployment model today and its distribution will skyrocket to 64 percent in the next three years. However, management across cloud boundaries remains a major challenge for companies. 87 Percent agree that multi-cloud success requires easier management across mixed cloud infrastructures. In addition, 83 percent of respondents agree that a hybrid multi-cloud model is ideal for addressing the key challenges in terms of interoperability, security, costs and data integration.

“Companies are now assessing and using IT more strategically than ever before. However, the complexity of the multi-cloud poses challenges that stand in the way of cloud success,“ said Rajiv Ramaswami, president and CEO at Nutanix. “Solutions to this complexity problem pave the way for a new hybrid multi-cloud model that makes the cloud an operating model rather than a place.“

For the fourth edition of the ECI report, the study participants were asked about the current cloud challenges for them, as well as how they operate their business applications today and how they want to do so in the future. In addition, the participants were asked about the effects of the pandemic on past, current and future decisions on IT infrastructures and on possible changes in IT strategies and priorities.

The key findings of this year’s report include::

  • The key challenges of the Multi-Cloud include security management (49 percent), data integration (49 percent) and costs (43 percent) across cloud boundaries. While the multi-cloud is the most used operating model and also the only one that is expected to grow, most companies are wrestling with the reality of operating across different clouds – private and public. This reality is not going away and more and more IT managers are realizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the cloud. That is why, according to the majority of study participants, the hybrid multi-cloud is proving to be the ideal model. Hybrid multi-cloud is an IT operating model with multiple cloud environments, both private and public, characterized by interoperability between these environments.
  • The pandemic has changed the operation of almost all companies and the multi-cloud supports this new way of working. More than half of the respondents (61 percent) say that due to the pandemic, they are focusing their work on offering more flexible working models. Most companies report that teleworking will continue as a model for the foreseeable future, whether the number of teleworking jobs is growing or shrinking. The multi-cloud provides the most agile IT environment by distributing data to different locations near the users to support this flexibility and, in addition, uninterrupted business operations.
  • Application mobility is the most important concern. Almost all companies (91 percent) have migrated one or more applications to a new IT environment in the last twelve months. However, 80 percent of respondents agree that moving a workload to a new cloud environment can be costly and time-consuming. Security (41 percent) is most often cited as the reason for the move, followed by performance (39 percent) and the desire to gain control over the applications (38 percent).
  • Companies use their IT infrastructure more strategically. Almost three quarters of respondents (72 percent) believe that the role of IT in their company is perceived as more strategic than a year ago. They also cite business reasons for changing their infrastructure models, for example to improve teleworking and collaboration (40 percent), better support customers (36 percent) and achieve a higher degree of business continuity (35 percent). In addition, they have started to strategically assign each individual workload to the infrastructure that is best suited for it. This is based on factors such as security (41 percent), performance (39 percent) and costs (31 percent). This strategic mapping is probably one of the main drivers behind the proliferation of multi-cloud environments.


For the fourth year in a row, the market research company Vanson Bourne compiled the study on behalf of Nutanix and surveyed 1,700 IT decision-makers worldwide in August and September 2021. The survey participants came from companies of various industries and sizes from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and from the Asia-Pacific region including Japan (APJ).

The study results and the complete fourth edition of the Enterprise Cloud Index are available for download on the Nutanix website.

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