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Cloud Computing: Driver of New Digital Experiences

By Dick Weisinger

The trend to shift from on-premise computing to cloud computing infrastructure continues. A report from IDC forecasts a steady decline over the next five years. The report finds that “As backlogs continue to grow, pent-up demand bodes well for future growth as long as the economy stays healthy, and supply catches up to demand.”

Non-cloud/on-premise continues to make sense for use cases like:

  • Intensive workloads that require large amounts of storage and network costs.
  • Environments that have security requirements that go above and beyond what shared/public cloud options can provide.

But beyond those use cases, support for on-premise is slipping quickly.

Gartner calls the selection of cloud services as the “centerpiece of new digital experiences” and estimates that by 2025 95 percent of new digital workloads will be deployed on cloud-native platforms.

Milind Govekar, vice president at Gartner, said that “there is no business strategy without a cloud strategy. The adoption and interest in public cloud continues unabated as organizations pursue a ‘cloud first’ policy for onboarding new workloads. Adopting cloud-native platforms means that digital or product teams will use architectural principles and capabilities to take advantage of the inherent capabilities within the cloud environment. New workloads deployed in a cloud-native environment will be pervasive, not just popular and anything non-cloud will be considered legacy.”

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