Respondents in a parochial survey were sounded out on which areas of IT were the focus of their enterprise cloud investments

Other findings

Third, respondents in the public sector most often chose the infrastructure’s ability to protect against ransomware and other malware as their single top priority (17%), followed by the infrastructure’s performance/response time potential (15%) and its ability to allow IT to flexibly move workloads across private and public cloud platforms (14%). Also:

    • 92% of respondents from the public sector group (95% globally) indicated they had moved one or more applications to a different IT environment in the past 12 months. The ramp-up of moving workloads to best support each application’s requirements was creating the need for simple and flexible inter-cloud portability. In particular, shifting security-related requirements were largely fueling the movement of applications.
    • 80% of respondents from the public sectors indicated they expected to increase their investments in AI technology in the next year. Some 32% indicated that those investment increases would be “significant”, while 33% also indicated that plans to integrate loud-native services (such as AI) was a reason that they had moved one or more application(s) to a different infrastructure during the past year.
    • When asked to name their number one data management challenge, the greatest percentage in the public sector identified complying with data storage/usage guidelines (19%) as the top factor. Increasingly, data storage strategies are driven by privacy regulations about where end user data can be stored, such as data sovereignty requirements.