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Faction 2020 VMware Cloud on AWS Market Survey

Scalability and Data Center Extension Driving Growth in the COVID-19 Era

Faction, a leading multi-cloud data service provider, announced findings of the Faction 2020 VMware Cloud on AWS Market SurveyThe report, based on a survey of 1,054 IT and business professionals, found that enterprise cloud adoption, including interest in VMware Cloud on AWS, is accelerating due to drivers like the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For the second year in a row, Faction’s research reflects a growing interest in VMware Cloud on AWS. This is in large part due to its dynamic solutions and use cases including data center extension,” says Sean Charnock, CEO of Faction. “The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need to secure scalable solutions that provide cost savings while supporting strategic initiatives.”

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Highlights from the Faction 2020 VMware Cloud on AWS Market Survey include:

  • COVID-19 is accelerating cloud migration plans.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than half (51 percent) of all respondents are either accelerating their cloud adoption timeline or moving forward as planned; this number goes up to 59 percent among respondents considering VMware Cloud on AWS. Among those organizations where COVID-19 has paused or canceled cloud adoption, top factors are budget pressures (75%) and staffing shortages and macro-economic uncertainty (each cited by 41 percent of respondents).
  • Interest in VMware Cloud on AWS continues to grow. Twenty-five percent of respondents plan to add or increase workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS in the next 12 months. For the second year in a row, scalability is top driver, as reported by 52 percent of respondents this year. The coming year will also see an increased rate of migration to VMware Cloud on AWS; 28 percent of those respondents planning to migrate to VMware Cloud on AWS plan to do so in the next 12 months, up from 23 percent in 2019.
  • COVID-19 is influencing the drivers and timelines for VMWare Cloud on AWS plans. Among the respondents who are considering VMware Cloud on AWS and who have accelerated cloud adoption timelines in response to COVID-19, 42 percent anticipate making the transition to VMware Cloud on AWS within the next 12 months. Among this same cohort, scalability and cost savings (each cited by 52 percent) and strategic IT initiatives (51 percent) are the top drivers of interest.
  • Interest in VMware Cloud on AWS spans industries and use cases. The top four industries considering VMware Cloud on AWS are tech services, financial services, healthcare and government. Top use cases currently running VMware Cloud on AWS are data center extension (26 percent), AWS integrated applications (22 percent), and cloud migration (18 percent); among those considering VMware Cloud on AWS, top use cases are data center extension (25 percent), disaster recovery (23 percent), and test & development (17 percent).
  • Off-premises private cloud users will be a major source of growth for VMware Cloud on AWS, as 62% of respondents who have workloads in the cloud are considering VMware Cloud on AWS or are considering but did not yet deploy.
  • Growing interest in VMware Tanzu: VMware Tanzu is currently being used by 1 percent of all respondents (2 percent of enterprises). That number is set to grow significantly within the next two years, when an additional 18 percent of respondents (and 21 percent of enterprises) plan to adopt it.
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For more information about the Faction 2020 VMware Cloud on AWS Market Survey:

  • Download the market survey report.


In June 2020, Faction conducted the 2020 VMware Cloud on AWS Market Survey. The survey questioned IT professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of VMware Cloud on AWS. The 1,054 respondents included vice presidents, directors, managers, architects, DevOps, IT/Ops, Services, and QA professionals from varying sizes of organizations across many industries.

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