2021 seems to be the year of the Cloud

Those looking for agility in these trying times are focusing more and more on the Cloud. The scalability that it offers has allowed businesses to grow or contract their IT needs throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with other companies noticing the benefits and building it into their future plans.

Those future plans are not considered, by those who understand the process, as a silver bullet. This is about working out your company’s goal and figuring out how the cloud can aid those goals. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Optimising decentralised workplaces has become a priority during the Covid-19 pandemic, with workers requiring access and the ability to share SaaS (Software as a Service) and data while working from home. Remote working is not the only reason, with largescale data projects, previously stalled, starting up again and requiring scalable server space.

Public cloud continues to grow with a 35% growth expected this year and at least 28% next year with spend increasing 18%. These numbers may well grow as the cloud has been validated during the Covid-19 crisis.

SaaS, PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) will experience high growth. SaaS will grow to minimise the drain on computers by moving the heavy lifting to the cloud and enhance shareability across different locations. PaaS will grow thanks to new cloud-native apps, as businesses wake up to how much of their infrastructure can be assigned to the cloud. IaaS is expected to increase over 26%. The financial benefits are also helping exacerbate this shift.

Alibaba Cloud, the new contender amongst the large public cloud providers, was making gains to displace one of the big three (Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure & Amazon Web Services), but has been rocked by allegations of a data leak that happened in 2019, which has landed them in hot water and damaged confidence.

The big three continue to go from strength to strength, with Google and Microsoft levelling up against the former top dog, Amazon.

Google Cloud has focused on becoming more business-friendly with enhanced account and analytics management. It is expected that it will expect around 50% growth in the coming year. Amazon Web Services will use the main company’s software and services to help it grow larger still. Microsoft has a brand trust that Google and Amazon struggle to match, which is fuelling its growth.

On the horizon, is the dawn of joint cloud and multi-cloud providers. This is a way for smaller or less established companies to take on Amazon and offer users a ‘best of both worlds’ approach, highlighting their own particular specialities and mutual strengths to reassure those signing up, that this is the best option.

Previously the idea was considered crazy and just bad business, but as time has moved on, and multi-cloud has emerged as a possibility, with many providers reconsidering and accepting that there is enough demand to warrant this route.

The Oracle Cloud-Microsoft Azure team up is an obvious example of two companies that can work independently in the cloud if needed, but who have combined to make the most of Microsoft Machine Learning and Oracle’s network.

There is so much happening with the Cloud right now and if your company is expanding in this area, you are going to need a great team. Bear Zenshin Talent in mind as a trusted recruitment partner.

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