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Research Firm Predicts 'AWS+1' Will Be Default Strategy

451 Research today predicted that "AWS+1" -- the use of the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) cloud along with a secondary public cloud service -- will be the default enterprise cloud strategy in 2017.

The research firm used the start of the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas to advertise its new report, 2017 Trends in Cloud Transformation, which includes the emergence of AWS+1 as an operating principle.

"In 2017 the growth of hybrid cloud services will usher in the widespread use of brokerage to deliver the right combination of offerings to meet different needs," the firm said in a news release. "Brokers will need to provide access to a range of services, their own as well as third-party and partner offerings, or risk the customer going elsewhere."

451 said such a blended cloud strategy will provide multiple benefits to users and cloud providers. For the latter, it will provide a source of new revenue streams. For users, it will support fiduciary responsibility and ensure companies aren't susceptible to vendor lock-in or restrict location options.

"As AWS+1 becomes an operating principle in 2017, there will be an opportunity for suppliers of cloud management platforms that can aggregate, integrate and provide control for multiple services," the company said. "By making it easy to find and use services, IT departments will increasingly act as service brokers to their own organizations, delivering ITaaS. This will enable them to focus resources on business innovation and digital transformation strategies instead of simply keeping the lights on. It can cut costs too -- 451 Research's Cloud Price Index recently found that with a multi-cloud approach an enterprise can cut direct cloud expenditure by up to 74 percent."

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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