For a growing number of organizations, IT environments encompass a blend of public cloud services, private clouds, and on-premises infrastructure—with the latter becoming an ever-smaller portion of the mix.
The past two years have seen a major uptick in the use of cloud services, and the trend shows no signs of slowing. An April 2021 report by research firm Gartner forecast that worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow 23% this year.
Emerging technologies such as containerization, virtualization, and edge
computing are becoming more mainstream and driving cloud spending, the report said. Software as a service (SaaS) remains the largest market segment.