Many people believe that once the masks are discarded, the cloud boom will level out. The pandemic, on the other hand, may have prompted a permanent change in perception, and for new reasons.
According to a 2021 study, Beyond Cloud Adoption’, conducted by Devo Technology, a cloud-native logging and security analytics business, COVID-19 has accelerated 81 percent of organizations’ cloud timelines. There was a 200 percent increase in organizations planning to move more than 75 percent of their apps or workloads to the cloud across these companies. Also, 86 percent of companies will include cloud options in their decision-making process for new applications and over 40 percent chose the cloud as their first option.
The causes for this are well-known. Many of the major risks associated with owning a data center, network, hardware, and software are eliminated when enterprises use public clouds. During the initial lockdown several organizations that had not yet adopted the cloud, encountered issues. They had outages that were difficult to fix because they didn’t have physical access to their equipment.
Because everything is virtual, utilizing public cloud providers alleviates these challenges for businesses. Furthermore, during the pandemic, public cloud providers proved dependability and scalability. To work around concerns with on-premises systems caused by COVID-19, as well as the shift to remote work, businesses moved much of their processing to the cloud.
Although the reasons why businesses hurried to adopt cloud computing are well understood, the reasons why cloud adoption may persist long after the pandemic has passed are not. The trend of growth continues, but the causes for it are shifting. Here are a few reasons why:
The transition to remote employment is here to stay
While some will return to work, as many are already doing, many more will choose to work remotely. Companies have experienced increased productivity and reduced infrastructure costs, and they are now on board with the concept of a remote workforce, which was not the case just two years ago. Other benefits include reduced carbon emissions due to the elimination of commuting, the potential for employees to relocate to areas with lower living expenses, and improved work-life balance possibilities.
Because clouds are designed specifically for remote access, public cloud computing is the best option for remote work. Despite popular belief, public clouds offer greater remote access security, the ability to scale up and down dynamically, and better approaches for growth and change. The use of public clouds will continue to rise for all of these reasons.
That is where the innovation takes place
Not only from cloud providers, but also from most organizations developing other software systems such as governance, security, databases, enterprise applications, and so on, public clouds are receiving the greatest R&D attention. The cloud is the platform that offers the best of both worlds.
The cloud is where it’s at if enterprises want to use technology that has the most investment and interest in the marketplace. Traditional on-premises systems aren’t getting the R&D love they need, which leads to a lack of innovation, poor quality, and higher licensing prices. It’s a recipe for businesses to abandon these systems and go to the cloud as soon as possible.
Growth may not accelerate beyond the patterns witnessed in the last year and a half, according to industry experts, but it will continue on its current path. This also indicates that the market will stabilize around growth, with more investment funds streaming in, resulting in more innovation and faster consolidation in cloud-related solutions.