Cloud computing powers pandemic recovery predictions in 2021. When you reminisce at the general public clouds developed within the last 15 years, it almost looks like they were designed to handle the worldwide demand shock caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only did the pandemic turn many office workers into home and remote workers overnight, it also changed how every IT department and development shop functioned.
Without public cloud apps, development services, tools and infrastructure available to each business and consumer on demand, imagine how different (and hobbled) the pandemic response would are. In 2020, cloud proved that, indeed, one should never let an honest crisis attend waste.
In 2021, cloud will power how companies adapt to the “new, unstable normal.” nobody knows how far into 2021 we’ll still work from home, shop primarily online, or avoid aviation — but it’s clear that each enterprise must become more agile, responsive and adaptive than ever before. Here’s how Forrester predicts cloud computing will help companies round the world accelerate pandemic recovery in 2021:
The hyperscale public cloud market will return to hypergrowth. After some softening publicly cloud revenue growth rates in late 2019, the pandemic turbocharged the market by mid-2020, and Forrester now predicts that the worldwide public cloud infrastructure market will grow 35% to $120 billion in 2021. Alibaba will take the number-three revenue spot globally, after AWS and Microsoft Azure. Buckle up — the cloud ride is beginning …again.
Cloud-native tech demand will spike as serverless and containers heat up. before the pandemic, about 20% of developers regularly used container and serverless functions to create new apps and modernize old ones. We predict 25% of developers will use serverless and nearly 30% will use containers regularly by the top of 2021, creating a spike in global demand for both multicloud container development platforms and public-cloud container/serverless services.
On-premises disaster recovery (DR) strategies will fade, with recovery bound for the cloud. COVID-19 shined a bright light on every company unprepared to get over a knowledge center outage and refocused enterprise IT teams on improving resiliency. Before the pandemic, few companies protected data and workloads within the public cloud. In 2021, we predict that a further 20% of enterprises will shift DR operations to the general public cloud — and won’t reminisce.
Those are just a couple of highlights of how we expect cloud will accelerate recovery from the pandemic. We’ll also see changes in software buying habits, with a resurgence in interest in cloud marketplaces, and be careful for brand spanking new regulations that restrict how and where companies can store data within the cloud.