Education sector to host over 50% of workload in the cloud by 2020

A survey by Nutanix suggests the sector will benefit from increased security and ease of management, as well as decreased total cost of ownership

Nutanix has announced the findings of its first ever global Enterprise Cloud Index, including education institutions’ plans for adopting private, hybrid and public clouds. The research, conducted by Vanson Bourne, found that 55% of educational institutions’ workloads will be running in the cloud by 2020, compared to 38% today. The results depict a future powered by hyper-converged infrastructure, with institutions in the education sector set to benefit from advantages including improved scalability, lower total cost of operation and flexibility of workload applications.

2,300 IT decision makers responded to Vanson Bourne’s survey, from multiple industries, business sizes and geographies in Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA), the Asia-Pacific and Japan regions, and the Americas.

The report also revealed that, in the education sector specifically, 32% of IT decision makers envisage all of their applications working in the hybrid cloud within the next one-two years, with 70% saying that flexibility is a major benefit. The findings also revealed that application mobility across any cloud is a top priority for 97% of respondents; 88% said it would “solve a lot of my problems”.

Other key findings include:

  • 87% said that hybrid cloud was having a positive impact on their businesses. 49% of hybrid cloud users reported all their needs were being met compared to 37% of single public cloud users
  • 71% of those surveyed ranked data security and regulatory compliance as the top factor in determining where to provision workloads
  • 57% said developers are circumventing IT when it comes to deciding where applications run, putting the organisation at potential risk
  • EMEA is expected to surpass the Americas with hybrid cloud adoption. UK businesses, in particular, plan to decrease data centre workloads by more than half in the next two years, and double their use of hybrid clouds

To learn more about the report and findings, please download the full survey

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