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The Future of the Public Cloud

There are four trends that are helping to shape the public cloud industry and are helping it to grow quickly with a 21.7% growth estimate between 2021 and 2022. Gartner has said that by 2026 the public cloud industry will be accounting for more than 45% of all enterprise IT spending.

Henrique Cecci, Gartner senior research director has said:

"The economic, organizational and societal impact of the pandemic will continue to serve as a catalyst for digital innovation and adoption of cloud services. This is especially true for use cases such as collaboration, remote work and new digital services to support a hybrid workforce. The cloud underpins most new technological disruptions, including composable business, and has proven itself during times of uncertainty with its resiliency, scalability, flexibility and speed”

The new use cases may increase the need for hybrid, multi-cloud and edge services which will lead to new distributed cloud models, these increases could be created due to public-sector initiatives, smart factories, smart cities and improved mobile banking.

It’s also said that data centres are far from leaving the private cloud behind, they will modernise and keep an essential role. Lee Sustar, Forrester principal analyst for infrastructure and operations has expressed that "The public cloud is key, but it isn't the only part of the equation. The distinction between edge, public cloud, private cloud and hybrid will vanish over time,". He also said that cloud giants such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft are evidence that a mixed cloud is a future.

Gartner also found that Cloud infrastructure and platform services (CIPS) are another trend that plays a part in Sustar’s estimate of the blurred boundaries of the cloud. They expect that there will be great adoption of "fully managed and AI/ML-enabled cloud services from hyperscale CIPS providers" which will then "eliminate the operational burden of traditional I&O roles in the public cloud."

Henrique Cecci has said that "Modern IT infrastructure, whether deployed in the data centre or consumed in the public cloud, requires less manual intervention and routine administration than its legacy equivalents,". This means that onsite public cloud products, like the ones that Sustar has mentioned, will be an important piece of infrastructure that will exist on-site, however will still be managed like a service.

The third trend that has been found is sustainability, which is something that will be forced to adapt to. Gartner found that half of the CEOs believe that climate change will have a significant effect on business, which means cloud providers will have to adopt green energy policies or they could risk losing clients.

The final trend Gartner predicts is that geopolitical regulatory fragmentation, protectionism and industry compliance will drive the creation of a public cloud and data services similar to GAIA-X, a European federated data infrastructure project.

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This article was originally published by Techrepublic

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