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Public-sector firms outpace world in multicloud move

More public-sector organisations than average have adopted multicloud as a primary IT operating model, outpacing the global average, the public-sector supplement of the 4th annual Enterprise Cloud Index from Nutanix shows.

Vanson Bourne conducted research on behalf of Nutanix, surveying 1,700 IT decision-makers around the world in August and September 2021.  The public-sector part is based on the responses of 491 IT professionals.

Finding shows that multicloud adoption is expected to nearly double from 39% to 67% in the next three years.

The global public education sub-sector reported the largest usage among all respondents (69%), with adoption nearly twice the global average. The United States federal sub-sector is also well ahead of the average, with 47% having adopted multicloud. 

However, the complexity of managing across cloud borders remains a major challenge for public-sector groups as 85% agreed that, to succeed, they need to simplify the management of multiple clouds. 

To address top challenges related to cost, security, interoperability, and data integration, 75% agree that a hybrid multicloud model, an IT operating model with multiple clouds both private and public with interoperability between, is ideal.

“Public sector organisations must look to hybrid multicloud solutions that meet security requirements while delivering visibility, manageability, and consistent policy-enforcement coupled with tight cost control across environments,” said Chip George, VP of public sector at Nutanix.

The report noted that public-sector organisations face multicloud challenges, including securing their data across multiple clouds (49%), application mobility (47%), security (46%) and managing costs (45%). 

IT leaders are realising that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the cloud, making hybrid multicloud ideal according to the majority of respondents (75%). This model will help address some of the key challenges of multicloud deployments by providing a unified cloud environment on which security and data governance policies can be applied uniformly.

Also, public sector organisations are optimistic about application mobility, with 75% having moved one or more applications to a new IT environment over the last year — well below the average across industries (91%). 

Public education organisations, which are ahead of the multicloud curve, were even more optimistic with only 56% agreeing on difficulty of application mobility while US federal organisations had the highest level of concern with 77% agreeing.

Further, top public-sector IT priorities for the next 12 to 18 months include improving security posture (46%), storage (41%), 5G implementation (39%), and improving multicloud management (39%). 

Global public-sector respondents also said that the ongoing pandemic spurred them to increase their IT spending in certain areas that emphasise bolstering their security posture (55%), implementing AI-based self-service technology (50%), and upgrading existing IT infrastructure (40%).