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Virtustream A Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Services, North America, Q2 2017


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By Lisa Desmond, Senior Vice President, Marketing, @LisaDesmond

Cloud looks much different than it did in 2014. Scores of new companies have entered the market and the hosted private cloud sector is now the fastest growing area of the market overall. The upward trajectory has been nothing short of extraordinary – and it shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.

That’s why we are so pleased that Virtustream been recognized as a leader in the latest Forrester Wave report on this rapidly expanding market.

Recently released, the report offers a unique window into the world of hosted cloud services. It’s filled with key insights, including three major takeaways that stand out for the Virtustream team:

Hosted Private Clouds Are Essential for Cloud Migration

The appeal of hosted private clouds is that they offer companies an alternative to outdated on-premises solutions without the exposure and risk associated with public clouds. In this year’s report, Forrester found that a new category of hosted private cloud adopters have emerged since the fall of 2015: companies that are looking to migrate, some, if not all, of their infrastructure to the cloud. The report refers to this category as “cloud migrators seeking less resistance.”

Companies are gravitating towards hosted private clouds because they provide the flexibility needed to digitally transform their organization – even in the most highly regulated industries. In contrast with the one-size-fits-all model of public clouds, hosted private clouds offer the benefits of managed hosted services with a cloud infrastructure that enterprises know is suitable for their on-premises solution and security setup.

Virtustream has been helping companies migrate to the cloud for close to a decade. As we believe this year’s Forrester Wave highlights, Virtustream understands the cloud migration challenges facing companies of every shape and size, and we provide tailored solutions to meet them.

Digital Transformation Begins with Integration, Automation and an Ecosystem

Companies today operate in an increasingly digital and cloud-based world. In order to cross the digital divide, businesses across sectors are searching for ways to plug into the growing digital business ecosystem. This includes having an infrastructure that works with today’s leading service providers, supports the most mission-critical production applications used today, and meets the challenges of highly regulated industries.

Virtustream integrates with some of the world’s leading technology providers. In the last six months alone, we’ve announced integrations with Pivotal Cloud Foundry (the platform of choice amongst CIOs for deploying cloud-native applications), expanded our SAP HANA supplier capabilities, and extended our integration with VMware. Virtustream also expertly handles ERP, CRM, HCM, and we have many industry-specific cloud infrastructure platforms, such as our Healthcare Cloud and Federal Cloud.

Virtustream Among Vendors That “Lead the Pack”

Forrester evaluated Virtustream alongside eight other vendors. We believe that the report highlights three of Virtustream’s greatest strengths:

  • Market Position: Noting client references that cite “generally positive experiences,” the report notes that our market position is unique and our “overall vision and approach for future enhancements characterize a highly developed strategy.”
  • Technology and Service Offerings: Virtustream scored highest overall in terms of the current offering category. In particular, we received the highest possible score of five in the certifications, SLAs, and contract agreements criteria. Forrester recommends that “customers looking to host their most challenging mission-critical packaged applications….should consider Virtustream.”
  • SAP Capabilities: Forrester also called attention to Virtustream’s position in the SAP hosting market, calling it “unmatched.” The report also points out the Virtustream Enterprise Cloud interface portal for SAP, noting that it is “highly intuitive” and has “high self-service potential.”

Having crossed the halfway mark on what is shaping up to be the biggest year in Virtustream’s history, we could not be more proud of our showing in this year’s Forrester Wave on the hosted private cloud market.

Historical precedent suggests that when companies get acquired, a slowdown is imminent. Not so for Virtustream joining the Dell Technologies family: we are in a continuous high growth mode. With relentless collaboration and support from Dell Technologies, we are expanding into new markets around the globe and pushing the limits of technology and innovation.

We are honored to receive this recognition from Forrester and our customers. It motivates us even more to make our mission a reality and help all enterprises cross the digital divide.

To read the full report, visit Forrester Wave: The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Services, North America, Q2 2017.

For more information on how Virtustream can help your business navigate cloud migration and pave the way for a successful digital transformation, see here.