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The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index research report reveals that multi-cloud adoption is highest within the public sector. Currently, 39% of public organisations have a multi-cloud strategy. Using multiple clouds can cause IT management complexity. Nutanix mission is to simplify that and make the clouds invisible.

Based on the research, Nutanix says that the public sector will grow much faster in the multi-cloud over the next three years. They expect that the 39 percent will grow to 67 percent. Within the public sector, multi-cloud adoption is highest in the education sector. They are already at 69 percent. Of the organisations that took part in the survey, 85% said that the complexity of managing multiple clouds caused challenges and that their organisation should look at ways of simplifying it. They also state that interoperability challenges need to be addressed, as well as costs and security.

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The results of the study are in favour of Nutanix. That company delivers a uniform layer on many hyperscalers and your on-premise environment, so you can easily move all workloads between different clouds. It can also provide cost insight and advice on which cloud is best for a workload.

Other conclusions that can be drawn based on this report:


Public sector organisations face multi-cloud challenges, including securing their data across multiple clouds (49%), application mobility (47%), security (46%) and cost control (45%). 86% of public sector organisations and 87% of all global public sector organisations said they lacked certain IT skills. Simplifying business operations will be a key focus for many in the year ahead. However, IT leaders are realising that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the cloud. This makes the hybrid multi-cloud ideal according to the majority of respondents (75%). This model helps address some of the key challenges of multi-cloud deployments by providing a cloud environment where security and data management policies can be uniformly applied.

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Application Mobility

Organisations in the public sector are optimistic about application mobility. Application mobility is a crucial condition for multi-cloud and cloud-smart optimisation. 75% of public sector organisations have moved one or more applications to a new IT environment in the last year, well below the average for all sectors (91%). Those that have done so cited improving security and/or meeting regulatory requirements (33%), gaining control (31%), and performance (30%) as key drivers. In addition, 76% agreed that moving a workload to a new cloud environment can be costly and time consuming, compared to 80% of all respondents worldwide, indicating that application mobility is seen as slightly less of a problem. Public education organisations, which are at the forefront of the multi-cloud curve, were even more optimistic. Only 56% agreed with the difficulties in the area of application mobility.

Priorities for the upcoming period

Among the public sector’s top IT priorities for the next 12 to 18 months are improving security (46%), storage (41%), implementing 5G (39%) and improving multi-cloud management (39%). Respondents from the global public sector also indicated that the ongoing pandemic prompted them to increase IT spending in certain areas. The emphasis was on strengthening their security policies (55%), implementing AI-based self-service technology (50%) and upgrading existing IT infrastructure (40%).

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