Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced the EMEA-specific findings of its annual Enterprise Cloud Index. These show that, in common with other regions, companies in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa continue to view hybrid cloud as their “ideal” IT model, but that moving applications out of the data center to implement this approach is taking a little longer than previously anticipated.

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Rather than reducing data center used by nearly 20% by 2019 (as projected by respondents to the 2018 EMEA Enterprise Cloud Index) the latest report shows an actual increase of nearly 14%. This was accompanied by a drop in hybrid cloud use of around 5%, rather than the 7% increase previously forecast. The net effect is for companies in EMEA to now be some 6 percentage points behind the Americas in hybrid cloud deployment and to also lag in terms of multi-cloud take-up. Despite these figures, however, companies surveyed indicated ambitious plans to bolster hybrid cloud penetration in the region from 12% today to 53% by 2024.

Helping to explain the disparities, the report found mixed attitudes and less enthusiasm across EMEA when it came to the public cloud portion of the hybrid cloud equation. For example, EMEA companies chose data security and compliance as the top public cloud benefit more often (about 19% of the time) than the Americas and APJ regions chose any factor while, at the same time, more than half (60%) also saw security as a top challenge of the public cloud component.

Fewer EMEA companies reported that their needs were “completely” met by public cloud compared to other regions. Plus, there was a greater propensity in EMEA towards going over budget on public cloud spending. All of which is adding to the need for companies in the region to fine-tune plans and sometimes repatriate workloads back to the data center in order to adjust to the rapidly changing realities of implementing their preferred hybrid cloud model.

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The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index is based on research conducted by Vanson Bourne to learn about the state of global enterprise cloud deployments and adoption plans. The research surveyed 2,650 IT decision-makers in 24 countries around the world, exploring where organizations currently run their business applications and where they plan to run them in the future. It also questioned respondents on their cloud challenges and where their cloud initiatives sit against other IT projects and priorities.