IT spending on cloud technologies, including public cloud providers, is expected to rise from 12% in 2017 to 18% within the next two years, according our Truth in Cloud study.  This trend is likely to continue as more organisations plan to increase the workloads they have across multiple cloud platforms. With a growing number of apps and services available, and the benefits cloud offers – agility, ease-of-use, time-to-provision – it is easy to see why cloud adoption is on the rise. 
In fact, over half (56%) of organisations today operate with a cloud-first strategy. Further, business leaders are realising the potential of using multiple cloud platforms: nearly six in ten businesses (58%) that currently use one cloud provider plan to expand their portfolio across multiple platforms.
Multi-cloud solutions offer an agile and cost-effective way for businesses to improve resilience, data security and workload management.  But organisations must pay close attention to selecting cloud service providers (CSPs) that are right for their business and their specific IT requirements.
Many organisations have moved past thinking about cloud solely from a cost perspective.  Rather, the areas that are of most importance to organisations when it comes to selecting a CSP include data privacy, security and compliance (60%), workload performance (49%) and workload resilience or uptime (43%).
It’s encouraging to see organisations embracing a multi-cloud approach as they strive to achieve digital transformation.  But as they increasingly distribute their data across multiple clouds to advance their cloud journey, it is critical that enterprises understand exactly who has the responsibility for their data in the cloud.
Dangerous misconceptions
Worryingly, many organisations are making incorrect assumptions about the data management capabilities offered by their cloud service provider, leaving themselves exposed in multiple areas.  The majority (83%) of businesses believe that their CSPs take care of data protection in the cloud.  More than two-thirds (69%)

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