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5 Cloud Trends for 2021

19 February 2021

Recently we shared our report Striking the right balance - The 2021 IT Professionals Cloud Native Engagement Report”. If you haven’t already downloaded that report, I’d encourage you to do so as it highlights yet again the fast pace of cloud trends and technologies. As I am a Solutions Architect in our Cloud and Collaboration team, the report prompted me to consider my top five cloud trends you need to be aware of in 2021.

1. Continued rise of Cloud Native  

It goes without saying that 2020 had ‘unique’ challenges - for businesses it was a year that highlighted the need for flexibility to cope with the consequent shifts in business and consumer behaviour in response to COVID-19. Whilst you might expect tech savvy start ups to have been at the forefront of Cloud Native adoption, we have seen business of all sizes recognise that Cloud Native adoption can enable organisations to be better positioned to cope and adapt to changing circumstances.  

2. Cloud Native and Containers – the perfect match? 

These days, you often hear containers and cloud-native mentioned in the same sentence. To some extent this is a surprise, as containers don’t run only in the cloud. However, for many of our customers, the portability and security benefits of using containers to leverage cloud benefits with little relative effort, and the fact that containers can make applications easier to deploy, is becoming more and more compelling. I expect to see this accelerate in 2021. 

3. More multi-cloud  

This is not a result of organisations wanting to diversify their server platforms, but instead being driven by the wider adoption of cloud-driven services. This is supported by the resurgence of specialisations operating within cloud but leveraging cross-discipline 'multi-cloud' practices, and the emergence of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) as a consideration for integrating Cloud, Network and Security strategies. Lastly, the onward rise of SaaS usage, often to replace in-house hosted applications, is driving the need for multi-cloud in some situation.

4. The widening Cloud skills gap  

The cloud skills gap will continue to be a pain point for organisations as they struggle to play catch up with the rapid rise in the adoption and use cases for Cloud. This creates a pretty onerous learning and development load on technology teams, especially as there is often a lag when realigning teams around new Target Operating Models, unless they can access required skills and resources from partners such as Ideal.  

5. Busting the Cloud security myths 

Whereas previously cloud security strategies may have been informal or secondary considerations, I see that in 2021 many of the inhibiting cloud security myths will be dispelled and we will see a significant rise in robust and formal cloud security strategies and programmes.

These are my top 5 2021 cloud trends– if you would like to talk to me about your cloud and IT strategy, click here