This might be the year in which the software-defined data center (SDDC) becomes a fixture in corporate America, according to a new report from cloud security provider HyTrust sponsored by semiconductor maker Intel.

There will be increased adoption of SDDC and faster deployment of the technologies and processes involved, the study says, leading to greater tangible benefits and a clear return on investment (ROI).

The report, State of the Cloud and Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) for 2016, surveyed more than 500 senior business and technology executives in the U.S. and U.K.

About two thirds (65%) of the respondents predict faster deployment of the technologies in 2016. About half say they will see greater tangible benefits and a quantifiable ROI, such as enhanced efficiency, agility, flexibility and provisioning.

Nearly half, 49%, see greater adoption of network virtualization, while even more, 53%, say the same about storage virtualization, according to the report.

The survey “uncovers a new level of maturity in migration toward virtualization and the cloud,” said Eric Chiu, president of HyTrust “It’s long been happening, but now it’s happening faster and with greater conviction and comfort than perhaps ever before.”

Some aspects of virtualization and the cloud that have received less attention now seem to getting on the front burner, the report says. While 50% of the organizations anticipate greater use of the public cloud, 38% predict adoption for workloads traversing hybrid clouds. About 40% expect better alignment of security strategies specifically to address SDDC.

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