Organizations are eager to adopt cloud-based architectures in an effort to support their digital transformation efforts, drive efficiencies and strengthen customer satisfaction.

Those are among the findings of a new study from data virtualization technology provider Denodo. The company surveyed 109 business and IT executives online in December 2017, and found that a majority of them polled (76 percent) acknowledge using the cloud. Nearly half (47 percent) use Amazon Web Services (AWS), while 20 percent use Microsoft Azure and 13 percent Google Cloud Platform.

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The frequency with which organizations implement cloud-based uses cases varies widely, but is generally consistent between AWS and Azure. Participants cited using cloud analytics most frequently for both AWS (49 percent) and Azure (59 percent). Cloud storage was the second-most frequent use case on AWS (45 percent), whereas cloud data warehouse was the second most frequent use case on Azure (41 percent). Rounding out the top use cases were cloud data warehouse and cloud storage.

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Almost half of all respondents (45 percent) are leveraging a hybrid cloud model, while 40 percent leverage a private cloud/on-premises hybrid environment, 36 percent use a public cloud/on-premises hybrid, and 23 percent a private cloud/public cloud hybrid.

One-third of those surveyed acknowledged storing sensitive data in the public cloud, and about the same proportion use cloud security services to protect their data in the cloud. More than half (56 percent) of survey participants are planning a cloud initiative for 2018.

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