2020 may not be that happening for all industries as expected due to global pandemic. However, eCommerce and IT industry stay at the forefront in terms of revenue generation. The changed consumer behavior has made businesses adapt to new technologies and stay competitive in the new normal we are living through. Top trends of 2020 like IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) will keep defining the ways tech is reshaping our lives.

Next year, we can expect to see businesses adapting to cloud computing – an application-based software infrastructure for data storage on remote servers – the backbone of an already trending data-driven, tech ecosystem.

Could services involving data delivery from cloud environments to our devices of daily use have been revolutionizing everything from telemedicine to remote working, home delivery services, and contact tracing, etc. The cloud models will help us to survive in challenging times since it will be the most integral part of our daily life.

Here’s how this rising trend will dominate the course of 2021.

Multi-Cloud Environments with Collaborative Approach:  
At present, the growing calls for leading cloud providers, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and so on to break down the barriers between their platforms through a multi-cloud approach. The business models of all such big names have involved the promotion of their platforms as one-stop-shops – covering all their cloud, data and compute requirements.

Currently, the industry is turning to multi-cloud or you can say hybrid cloud environments with the infrastructures deployed across multiple cloud models – bridging the gap between their platforms. 

As enterprises adopt this more collaborative approach, it will not only benefit their customers looking for greater cloud capacity and additional services, but also the organizations looking to access and share data with their partners that may be working across multiple data standards and diverse applications. Moreover, startups are likely to be more innovative when it comes to public cloud platforms and processes of operating between them.  

On-Premise and Hybrid Cloud Solutions on The High Rise:
Some organizations often find it challenging while choosing between cloud environments – private, public, or hybrid – for their business operations. Each solution has its own benefits and downsides with relevance to performance, flexibility, compliance and security. However, as the cloud ecosystem is getting matured, businesses and consumers don’t find a one-size-fits-all solution fascinating anymore. 

Hybrid cloud environments where the user selects specific offerings from the cloud service providers that suit their requirements is gaining popularity that demands the providers to reevaluate their data delivery processes and business models. For instance, Amazon and Google cloud platforms conventionally provide their clients the space on their public platforms, while Microsoft Azure offers more flexibility to users – enabling them to deploy their required cloud tools and technologies across their on-premises, existing networks. 

Now, cloud service providers have realized the need for different platforms and a collaborative approach within the organizations and have woken up to the growing demand for bare metal cloud (a subset of IaaS cloud computing services bucket) where businesses can simply move their existing systems into cloud environments.         

Improved Efficiency of Cloud Computing Through AI:
Artificial Intelligence facilitates cloud computing in several ways and its adaptation to meet our business and technology needs throughout 2021. Cloud-based SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS platforms enable the users with any skill level and budget to access and use language processing and image recognition tools, etc., built on Machine Learning (ML). It speeds up the performance capacity of cloud service models with enhanced efficiency.

AI-powered revolutionary toolsets in cloud environments seem to be more widely accepted and deployed by the enterprises across all industries – resulting in the organization’s increased efficiency and productivity. Machine learning is expected to play a vital role in keeping data cloud centers up and running. 

The AI algorithms will be used to monitor and manage the delicate and expensive cloud environments with well-optimized efficiency. The impact of smarter algorithms could be seen in all research and development fields – like smart cities, pandemic response planning and autonomous vehicles, and more – and, are more likely to result in new breakthroughs in cloud data center efficiency.       

Last but not the least, cloud-based virtual desktop services or desktop-as-a-service models of cloud computing with flexible functionalities are likely to become increasingly popular in 2021. Likewise, cloud gaming will also gain momentum throughout the year ahead.

In brief, cloud computing is one of the rising technology trends that seems to greatly transform our lives in the coming years. Throughout 2021, you can expect to see this trend accelerating as more businesses will be adopting cloud models.