2021 Forrester Consulting study*

The Key to Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Get insights from 384 IT decision-makers across industries on ways to future-proof your IT infrastructure and gain a competitive edge with a hybrid cloud environment.

On-premises cloud remains critical to a future-ready hybrid cloud strategy

Respondents look to on premises to address specific needs around data residency, regulatory requirements, performance requirements and security.


of firms surveyed list on-premises as a critical part of their hybrid cloud strategy.


of IT decision-makers plan to increase their infrastructure investment in the next two years.

Open source is powering flexibility while enhancing security and resiliency

83% of respondents agree or strongly agree that hybrid cloud IT infrastructure leverages open source for greater efficiency and scalability in the future.

Lack of reinvestment can leave organizations vulnerable

Firms that don’t take a holistic view of their infrastructure strategy leave themselves susceptible to:

  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Higher costs
  • Compatibility restrictions
  • Diminished performance

of respondents agree or strongly agree that they will prioritize adherence to compliance and regulations in investment decisions.


of IT decision-makers agree or strongly agree they will see an increase in data-sensitive workloads and applications.

Look at IT infrastructure in context of your hybrid cloud strategy as a whole

What IT decision-makers can do now to prepare:

  • Manage the mix of public cloud, private cloud and on premises as a whole.
  • Make your cloud strategy a hybrid cloud infrastructure strategy.
  • Keep on premises as part of the strategy and keep up with IT infrastructure refreshes.

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* A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, January 2021

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