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There is a powerful trend toward moving virtual workloads to the cloud in favor of its lower cost, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) being the preferred destination for workload migrations, said a study by cloud data protection and management, Druva.

Disaster recovery, workload mobility, and archival automation were all strong adoption drivers, with many organizations looking to save money and maximize IT initiatives focused on simplifying their infrastructure.

Here are some key findings of the survey:

• There is a major shift in the VMware market to migrate data centers to the cloud. 90 percent of companies are aiming to migrate their workloads by 2018, with a clear preference for AWS (47 percent), followed by Microsoft Azure (25 percent).

• Data protection of virtual infrastructure is a key driver for cloud adoption. 82 percent of those surveyed cited disaster recovery as a critical reason to move to the cloud. While initially, the IT community was skeptical about the cloud’s robust security, these perceptions are changing as professionals understand how it reduces the possibility of costly downtime and promotes productivity.

• More than half of the respondents (54 percent) reported they wanted a single, central solution that would protect their data in either a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environment. Regarding hybrid, 42 percent will have virtual infrastructure both on-premises and in the cloud.

• SaaS-based solutions to the rescue: Enterprises want a single control plane for data protection. 73 percent of organizations feel a single control plane, offered as a service, is the preferred way to address protecting this new environment.

“The shift toward moving virtual workloads to the cloud is not just about cost; it’s an initiative that’s seen as critical to IT and business needs,” said, Dave Packer, Vice President Product marketing, Druva.

“Downtime and poor application performance can be devastating to productivity, and we see an insatiable appetite by business users for a SaaS-based approach to solving seamless connectivity, access, functionality, and cloud integration challenges,” he summed up.