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Three important trends that are shaping the future of public cloud – Gartner report


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Trend one: Cloud ubiquity


Cloud technologies have proven that they are a key asset for businesses and organisations due to the flexibility, scalability, resiliency and speed that they bring to the table. With global cloud adoption predicted to expand rapidly, Gartner forecasts end-user spending on public cloud services to reach USD $482 billion in 2022 from USD $396 billion in 2021. Gartner also predicts that “public cloud spending will exceed 45% of all enterprise IT spending, up from less than 17% in 2021”.


All these pointers emphasize the shift towards a higher utilisation of cloud related services, and away from traditional I&O infrastructure, which ultimately means business opportunities and support for companies that choose to invest and adopt in cloud technologies.


Trend two: Sustainability and “carbon-intelligent cloud”


Close to half of the respondents in the 2021 Gartner CEO survey believed that climate change mitigation will have a significant impact on their business. For a local perspective, an October 2020 study conducted online by consulting firm Accenture found out that approximately 80% of Singaporeans claim they care about the environment, but 75% of respondents highlighted the lack of avenues and options to behave sustainably.


Hence, Gartner stresses that “Cloud providers are responding to this growing focus on sustainability by instituting more aggressive carbon-neutral corporate goals…”. Microsoft Azure’s Virtual Machines are a great example of how cloud services can help organisations achieve carbon-neutral goals while leveraging on disruptive technologies.


Trend three: CIP Provider’s automated programmable infrastructure


The operational burden of traditional I&O roles in the public cloud can rapidly be eliminated, as Gartner expects the broad adoption of fully managed artificial intelligence machine-learning enabled cloud services from hyperscale CIPS providers.


A senior research director at Gartner mentions how “Modern IT infrastructure, whether deployed in the data center or consumed in the public cloud, requires less manual intervention and routine administration than its legacy equivalents.” Microsoft Azure’s virtual machine scale sets demonstrate this notion exceptionally well. Essentially, it uses automatic scaling to determine an organisation’s server needs according to the amount of data processing required, which means better overall efficiency and cost savings. Azure’s seamless integration means better workflows, and overall increase in productivity. Find out more and get started with Microsoft Azure on the Netmarks Singapore website.