How Cloud Services Management Is Changing in 2021
By Laura Cowan
Laura K. Cowan is a tech editor and journalist whose work has focused on promoting sustainability initiatives for automotive, green tech, and conscious living media outlets.
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Gartner projected in late 2020 that worldwide end user spending on public cloud services would increase 18.4% in 2021.
The Pandemic Is Changing How Businesses Manage Cloud Assets
Research firm Gartner projected in late 2020 that world-wide end user spending on public cloud services would increase 18.4% in 2021, "with cloud projected to make up 14.2% of the total global enterprise IT spending market in 2024, up from 9.1% in 2020."
Why the rapid jump? Cloud services management is partly about security for your remote workers and protecting against emerging security threats that have multiplied this past year (we covered this in cloud security trends and top cybersecurity tools in 2021, and how to hire cybersecurity staff for your business post-pandemic). It's also about rethinking how you manage your cloud assets as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to structure assets in a way that is scalable and adaptable to changing conditions that have become our new normal.
80% of consumers are concerned about sustainability issues when evaluating organizations in 2021... and that includes sustainable cloud.
Sustainable Cloud, Sustainable Business
What does cloud services management consist of in 2021? The trends follow emerging security concerns, as well as the way the world is changing in general. Sustainability tops the list at 80% of consumers concerned about sustainability issues when evaluating organizations in 2021, according to Accenture, and that includes sustainable cloud.
Cloud services management is something businesses everywhere are grappling with as they emerge with a different structure for their data, assets, and security late pandemic. Cloud services have to be not only well managed, but managed with an eye to the future of the planet as well as business and consumer needs.
The same efficient scalability that gave rise to cloud computing can now be used to support adaptability for your business to get through changing times.
Rapid Scalability and Elasticity
Jigsaw Academy says, "A key characteristic and benefit of cloud computing is its rapid scalability. This cloud characteristic enables cost-effective running of workloads that require a vast number of servers but only for a short period."
The same efficient scalability that gave rise to cloud computing in the first place can now be used to support adaptability for your business to get through changing times. If you can scale and efficiently manage what is hosted on the cloud for your company or your clients, a big benefit of cloud services management is in the efficiency of how these assets can rapidly shift to adjust to changing needs for your business and your clients--and do that in a cost-effective manner. 2021 is all about rolling with the punches, and one of the best ways to do that is creating flexibility and quick adaptability in how business assets are hosted and managed.
One of the top recommendations from our recent interview with Trek10 cloud security engineer Chris Beaufils was to keep up to date on the latest in cloud computing and security news just by watching what updates services like AWS release.
Cloud spend reportedly increased by 37% to $29 billion during the first quarter of 2020.
Managing Your Assets on the Cloud Post-Pandemic
During the coronavirus pandemic demand for cloud services management shifted dramatically, according to Forbes: "In the cloud sector, we witnessed a dramatic shift as a result of changing work patterns — including the overnight move to remote working. Cloud spend reportedly increased by 37% to $29 billion during the first quarter of 2020. The likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure also saw unprecedented demand during the early stage of the pandemic."
If you're working out next steps on how to manage your cloud assets in 2021, here are some services that might help.
TechRadar lists the best cloud storage management services in 2021:
- Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer
- Amazon Web Services Storage
With Accenture stating recently that "migrating areas of your business to the public cloud can cut your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by 40 percent," it's a great time to review your cloud management services and make sure your assets are not only secure, but efficiently structured, and find the best services and structure for your new normal.
If you would like an assessment of your cloud assets, our sponsor for this post Trek10 is offering a free cloud services and security assessment this month.
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