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Study Predicts Widespread Adoption of Corporate SDDC This Year

April 29, 2016

This is the year in which the software-defined data center (SDDC) will become a widespread and entrenched part of the technology world, according to new research from HyTrust, security specialists for hybrid cloud infrastructure. The company has released a study on the state of the cloud and SDDCs and found that corporations are ready to embrace the software-defined model for its efficiencies, virtualization ratios and cost effectiveness.

The company surveyed more than 500 top executives in U.S. and U.K. corporations and found that 65 percent of those queried foresee faster deployment of software-defined strategies this year, with 62 percent predicting increased adoption. Just more than half believe adoption will reap tangible benefits and ROI from enhanced efficiencies, flexibility, agility and provisioning. And nearly half of those surveyed anticipate greater adoption of network virtualization, with 53 percent looking forward to implementing storage virtualization.

“Security and privacy have always been the critical inhibitors [to SDDC adoption], and no one denies that these issues still concern senior executives,” said Eric Chiu, president of HyTrust. “But now we can also see that technologies like those offered by HyTrust, which balance a high level of security and control with smooth automation, are having a major impact. The benefits of virtualized and cloud infrastructures are undeniable -- think agility, flexibility and lower cost, among many other advantages -- and the obstacles to enjoying those benefits are increasingly being overcome.”

Around 70 percent of those queried in the study believe security will be less of an obstacle to SDDC adoption by the end of the year. And yet, security still ranks as the number one issue expected to keep organizations from virtualizing their applications, including those viewed as mission critical. Other concerns blocking the path to virtualization and SDDC adoption include budget constraints, performance issues, operational and process challenges, architectural inhibitors and a lack of understanding of benefits among management.

Despite concerns, the future looks bright this year for widespread adoption of virtualization and increased migration to the SDDC model. They HyTrust findings certainly echo research from MarketsandMarkets predicting the SDDC market is expected to reach $77.18 billion by 2020, up from $21.78 billion last year. That research also cites scalability, simplified management, flexibility and reduced costs as drivers for adoption.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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