This whitepaper navigates decision-makers through the issues surrounding a specific technology or business case, explores the business value of adoption, and recommends the range of considerations and concrete next steps in the decision-making process. Cloud has a key role to play as an agent for digital transformation, with the use of multiple cloud services becoming IT’s de facto reality. According to surveys conducted by 451 Research, about two-thirds of organisations are using multiple clouds to meet different enterprise needs. While most enterprises are using more than one cloud, the use of hybrid clouds (single applications seamlessly spanning multiple clouds), is still fairly limited. The movement to hybrid cloud is a complex business. Not surprisingly, some 60% of organisations globally said they plan to seek some sort of third-party assistance with forging multi-cloud strategies, while a minority of organisations said they will take a best-of-breed or do-it-yourself approach. 451 Research believes that multi-clouds and hybrid infrastructure are critical on-ramps to achieve full digital transformation, wherein digital technologies enable innovation rather than just enhance traditional methods and processes. This report examines key cloud trends, both globally and in the UK in particular. In the report, we discuss the key business drivers and benefits of multi-clouds and hybrid clouds, and we surface trends for individual workloads, as well as some of the challenges to cloud deployment.