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Cloud Computing: Continued Strong Growth Throughout 2021

By Dick Weisinger

The global public Cloud Computing infrastructure market is expected to grow 35 percent in 2021, according to Forrester Research. Similarly, Gartner predicts that global public cloud spending by end-users will grow 18 percent and reach $305 billion.

Sid Nag, research vice president at Gartner, said that “the pandemic validated cloud’s value proposition. The ability to use on-demand, scalable cloud models to achieve cost efficiency and business continuity is providing the impetus for organizations to rapidly accelerate their digital business transformation plans. The increased use of public cloud services has reinforced cloud adoption to be the ‘new normal,’ now more than ever.”

Cloud adoption in 2021 will be driven in part by support for cloud-native technologies like containers, Kubernetes and serverless computing. Cloud-first app development is expected to dominate going forward.

Also contributing to a move away from on-premise, and parallel to the cloud, edge computing is also expected to grow rapidly.

Forrester said that “over the next three years, buyers will shift their cloud strategies toward the edge to capture all this innovation and become more connected. While public clouds will play a part, we do not think they will dominate, as their culture is based on massive data centers and tight control of the architecture — the exact opposite of what firms need to serve customers locally.”

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