The dramatic developments that occurred last year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak has prompted substantial IT transformation for enterprises of all sizes and industries. To ensure business continuity, the majority of businesses moved workloads to the cloud and adopted hybrid and public cloud architectures.

This organizational change was already underway in many firms, but COVID-19 enhanced the pace at which the plans were implemented. Meanwhile, cloud providers across the world benefited from this change. Cloud computing allowed them to innovate their operations while also increasing income.

With the pandemic still raging, we've compiled a list of our top cloud computing predictions for 2021.

 

TOP 10 CLOUD COMPUTING PREDICTION

 

1. MORE DEVELOPMENT IN HYBRID CLOUD ENVIRONMENT

Companies have already begun to move their IT operations to hybrid cloud environments, and this trend is expected to increase in the coming years. According to a Flexera cloud survey, 82% of firms employ a hybrid cloud computing strategy, while 92% employ a multi-cloud strategy.

Multi-cloud and hybrid clouds will thrive in 2021. There will be significant breakthroughs in the hardware required to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) models. Edge cloud-computing will be used, along with 5G advancements in more predictable computing services. For organizations with the capacity to monitor many remote installations, this will prove to be a secure way of cloud computing.

 

2. ENTERPRISE WILL ADOPT MULTI-CLOUD STRATEGIES

In the year 2021, the increasing popularity of public clouds has encouraged conventional computing businesses to shift their strategic focus to multi-clouds architecture. This year we expect to see more businesses turn to multi-cloud architecture to prevent vendor lock-in in cloud computing.

As we stated, more than 92% of the organization has already employed multi-cloud architecture to be future-ready.

Enterprises will be compelled to spend more on cloud providers as multi-cloud services improve. Organizations must, however, include automation in their multi-cloud strategy to fully embrace multi-cloud environments.

 

3. LOW CODE or NO CODE ARCHITECTURE WILL TREND IN CLOUD COMPUTING

The development of low-code application architectures is another cloud computing prediction.

The coronavirus pandemic severely disrupted the operations. Because of the widening IT skills gap, many businesses have turned to low-code solutions to respond quickly to changing needs. Low-code solutions allowed for quick response to the pandemic's new business environment and operations.

 

4. SAAS BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE WILL GAIN POPULARITY

According to Gartner, user spending on Software as a Service (SaaS) Business Intelligence (BI) products is expected to increase by 23.3 percent between 2017 and 2022. In cloud computing, the use of BI apps is exploding, and this trend will continue as the cloud becomes more widely embraced.

Companies may do rich data visualization in cloud computing and discover important data insights using BI incorporated SaaS solutions.

 

5. PUBLIC CLOUD WILL GAIN MOMENTUM

During the pandemic last year, the public cloud-enabled several companies in maintaining business continuity and achieving faster growth. According to Gartner, global spending on public cloud infrastructure will climb 18 percent to $304.9 billion in 2021.

“The potential to achieve cost-effectiveness and business continuity via on-demand, scalable cloud models is providing the incentive for enterprises to swiftly accelerate their digital business transformation initiatives. According to research vice president of Gartner, "the rising use of public cloud services has reinforced cloud adoption as the 'new normal' today more than ever."

 

6. AI WILL BE USED BY CLOUD PROVIDERS TO BUILD FUTURE PLANS

The Cloud computing market’s technology breakthroughs now integrate AI engineering strategy to generate new prospects in the field. Planning will provide the greatest AI engineering solutions, such as improved performance, scalability, and dependability.

As a result, many businesses are searching for AI-powered solutions to ensure a solid core infrastructure.

 

7. CONTAINER ADOPTION WILL BE DRIVEN BY CLOUD-NATIVE APPLICATION

The epidemic has significantly increased the use of container-based apps in cloud computing. Containers are generating news in the market right now, and they are assisting businesses in expediting their transition from the data center to the cloud to the edge.

Organizations may increase the performance and scalability of their cloud computing applications by employing containers, as well as simply relocate these applications to different clouds, allowing them to complete their digital transformation programs more quickly.

There was a lot of buzz in 2020 about rootless containers, which allowed users to construct, run, and administer them without requiring administrative privileges. The brilliant thing about them is that they give better security and do not require a daemon to build and maintain containers. This container evolution will be continued in 2021.

 

8. KUBERNETES WILL BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED

Kubernetes has already been widely embraced by businesses. As technology advances, we anticipate seeing even more developments in the cloud computing business.

More automation will be seen around Kubernetes products in 2021, notably around the deployment and lifecycle management processes. The primary purpose for this trend is to simplify Kubernetes technology for DevOps teams, with increased automation of tasks to increase quality and keep DevOps focused on what they do best.

The growth of CI/CD technologies centered on Kubernetes will allow for more automation of Kubernetes installations.

 

9. AUGMENTED REALITY(AR) WILL BE USED TO TRAIN EMPLOYEES FOR CLOUD TRANSFORMATION

Companies will bridge their technological skills gap in 2021 by training staff about cloud services using various techniques, including augmented reality.

During the pandemic, as firms invested more in improving their cloud management procedures. We anticipate that in 2021, they will deploy a wide range of augmented reality solutions to provide training to cloud technicians, working from home. Some augmented reality technologies, for example, might provide display guidance for intricate assemblies

 

10. LASTLY, CLOUD SECURITY WILL BE A MAJOR CONCERN

Cloud providers will focus on developing cloud solutions with high-security features in the coming years.

According to S&P Global Market Intelligence's current enterprise research, corporations boosted their spending on security when compared to March data (from 15 percent to 28 percent of businesses). This rising demand for security capabilities is pushing the global market for cloud security solutions to new heights. Aside from that, various advanced solutions, such as AI-based breach detection, disaster recovery, and technologies such as anti-malware and anti-ransomware, will have an impact on the cloud security market.

 

FINISHING UP

Taking a thorough look at the top cloud computing forecasts and embracing them as soon as possible would allow cloud providers to improve their offerings and match the changing client expectations in the ‘new era’.

In the year 2021, the increasing popularity of public clouds has encouraged conventional computing businesses to shift their strategic focus to multi-clouds architecture. This year we expect to see more businesses turn to multi-cloud architecture to prevent vendor lock-in in cloud computing.

As we stated, more than 92% of the organization has already employed multi-cloud architecture to be future-ready.

Enterprises will be compelled to spend more on cloud providers as multi-cloud services improve. Organizations must, however, include automation in their multi-cloud strategy to fully embrace multi-cloud environments.