The benefits of cloud computing have grown immensely over the years. The one technology that has been a backbone of every other technology is always “Cloud Computing.” Hopefully, a few cloud computing trends are expected to loom large in the upcoming days. All we can do is adapt ourselves to the changing times and dig deeper utilizing the forthcoming trends.

Keeping all these factors in mind, it’s high time we dive into the 2021 trends in Cloud.

Here are a few 2021 cloud trends we are about to discuss:

  • #1 Multi-cloud approaches will resolve barriers faced amongst providers
  • #2 Global Public Cloud Infrastructure Market Strikes $120B
  • #3 AI will increase the effectiveness and speed of cloud computing
  • #4 Virtual cloud desktops will predominantly be up and running
  • #5 Going serverless is the next big step in the tech world
  • #6 Hybrid has become the go-to IT infrastructure model
  • #7 Security begins thinking cloud-native

#1 Multi-Cloud Approaches Will Resolve Barriers Faced Amongst Providers

Every prominent public cloud provider like Amazon web services, Microsoft Azure, IBM cloud, Salesforce, and many more chooses to opt for a secured approach for all the services they provide. Their business model focuses on delivering entire cloud data and compute requirements, all under one roof. However, industries and organizations are slowly moving towards multi-cloud environments, which can be used across multiple models. This means there will be high demand for huge providers to build a bridge between their platforms. It is one of the best opportunities to upsell greater cloud capacity and provide additional services as their customers grow in number. This way, it allows organizations to choose different cloud services from various providers. So each organization can begin utilizing multiple cloud services based on their varied requirements.

#2 Global Public Cloud Infrastructure Market Strikes $120B

Various researchers predict that future technology entirely depends on the global public cloud infrastructure. Given below are a few projections made by them.

  • According to Forrester’s research, The global public cloud infrastructure market will grow by 35% to $120 billion by 2021. Cloud continues to rise higher and continues to take up the center space from the pandemic. They also forecasted that the cloud infrastructure market would increase by 28% to $113.1 billion by next year.
  • The Cambridge, Mass.-based market research company said, “The aggressive move to cloud, already proceeding at a healthy clip before the pandemic, will spike in 2021, yielding even greater enterprise adoption, cloud provider revenue, and business value,” in its “Predictions 2021” report.
  • Gartner, forecasts worldwide public cloud spending by end-users will grow 18 percent next year to $304.9 billion, up from $257.5 billion this year.
  • Sid Nag, research vice president at Gartner, said in a report this week that “The pandemic validated cloud’s value proposition.” He also stated that “The ability to use on-demand, scalable cloud models to achieve cost efficiency and business continuity is providing the impetus for organizations to accelerate their digital business transformation plans rapidly. The increased use of public cloud services has reinforced cloud adoption to be the ‘new normal’ now more than ever.”
  • According to Gartner, “The growth in PaaS will be driven by remote workforces’ continued need to access high-performing and scalable infrastructure via modernized and cloud-native applications.”

#3 The Effectiveness And Speed Of Cloud Computing Will Be Accelerated By AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has prominently become the face of disruption in technology. As far as Cloud goes, AI will be the key initiator to adapt our needs in 2021. AI capabilities have now been layering with cloud computing which helps companies manage their data intuitively. It helps organize data, predict patterns and provides insights in advance, delivers customer experiences, and streamlines the workflow. More innovative algorithms offered through cloud services help, plan and create autonomous vehicles, smart city infrastructure, and pandemic response planning. Apart from this, Machine learning (MI) also plays an equally important role in managing logistics, where Cloud plays the primary role amongst all.

#4 Virtual Cloud Desktops Will Predominantly Be Up And Running

All of us can expect a shift in the way we work. Virtual cloud desktops will be managed by the cloud, which will deliver an organization’s entire workstation environment to their laptops or desktop screens. This can also be accessible from any part of the world on any endpoint device. The IT management of the organizations can access and manage these desktops from a centrally located data center.

Amazon offers this type of computing via the Workspaces platform, Microsoft with Windows Virtual Desktop, and Google through its Chromebook devices. It increases the efficiency of the workforce by making sure everyone is using up-to-date synchronized technologies. Also, It ensures better security as all the devices are accessible from a centralized location. The cost of usage depends on the hours invested by the number of devices. Overall we feel that the virtual desktops will be used on a higher count.

#5 Going Serverless Is The Next Big Step

Serverless computing is a cloud computing execution model. The cloud provider administers the machine resources on demand while taking care of their servers on behalf of their customers. Swanson is a chief technology officer of Needham, Mass.-based Silk, whose cloud data platform enables companies to adopt hybrid cloud. He stated that, “Serverless is a true cloud computing paradigm, and it is hard to overstate how much it will impact how much Cloud is consumed, going forward. It is such a compelling model that applications will be designed and developed to work with serverless, rather than serverless being developed to work with the way we currently develop applications.” He also mentioned that Serverless is a bonus for developers of all kinds.

#6 Hybrid Has Become The Go-To IT Infrastructure Model

Kim King, director of product marketing, cloud management at Snow Software, says, “We’re finally getting past the notion that infrastructure choice is a bimodal decision – public or private cloud.” Though many companies have accidentally taken up the hybrid cloud model, they now realize that it’s one of the best decisions they have ever made. They are now able to control what runs where seamlessly.

Focusing just on developing the intelligent hybrid strategy’s growth might not be enough in the longer run. The focus should also be shifted to resource utilization, cost optimization, stronger security postures, data governance, and much more.

King also says that “This provides a huge opportunity for businesses who have embraced the hybrid cloud reality, and we expect to see more businesses take advantage of the strategic implications of a hybrid approach that balance costs, performance, security, compliance, and governance requirements.”

#7 Security Begins To Think Cloud Native

Drobisewski says, “There is a new evolution in security that will come into focus as the number of microservice-based workloads continues to rise and cloud-native technology takes hold as the means to deliver modern digital capabilities.”

He expects 2021 to be the year in which “securities strategies lean more towards hybrid cloud reality and the cloud-native ecosystem that surrounds it.” Just like how the application and infrastructure have taken their hybrid approach, security threats will also remain a mix of old and new. He says that the security landscape’s direction needs to shift from “let’s figure out what went wrong” to “let’s build security in from the outset.” It definitely cannot happen in every organization, but it is a valuable idea.

Final Words

The usage of cloud computing on an advanced level is yet to begin. The 2021 cloud trends as discussed above, are a clear indication of it. As the cloud technology is shifting gears faster, embracing them and staying on top of it might be challenging. If you wish to add expertise who can help you stay updated, reach out to us. We’ll make sure to get the right experts to put things together.