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Multi-cloud strategy leads, but hybrid cloud is heating up

Enterprises today run most workloads in the cloud using multiple public, private or hybrid clouds. Learn their challenges, priorities, initiatives and more.

Cloud adoption continues to rise, and a multi-cloud strategy has become the de facto approach in 2019. According to the RightScale 2019 "State of the Cloud Report" from Flexera -- based on a survey of 786 technical executives, managers and practitioners -- 79% of all respondents run workloads in the cloud, and 94% use at least one public or private cloud. In addition, respondents are running applications in 3.4 clouds and experimenting with 1.5 more.

Meanwhile, the days of single cloud usage -- be it a public or private cloud -- have continued to wane, as a multi-cloud strategy has continued to garner a strong rate of adoption. In 2019, for example, 84% of respondents in organizations with more than 1,000 employees plan to use multiple clouds (up from 81% in 2018), and 58% intend to use a hybrid strategy (up 7 percentage points from the previous year's 51%).

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This was first published in April 2019

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