Top Cloud Computing Trends to Watch 2021

Cloud computing has grown exponentially over the past decade and is not going to stop. Forrester predicts that public cloud adoption will grow by 35% in 2021. This is very much due to the pandemic - the cloud will be a key focus for organizations looking to improve business continuity and cost-effectiveness. 

With the adoption of cloud computing, 2021 will be the start of new trends. Let’s take a look at the most significant ones that are expected to evolve in 2021. 

Edge computing

With the trend toward decentralization, Edge computing is becoming more and popular. As defined by Gartner, edge computing is a subset of distributed computing in which information processing is performed right next to where the data has been acquired and will be consumed. This is the main difference between edge computing and cloud computing, in which information is collected and processed in public or private data centers. This processing at the edge of the network reduces latency and enables faster real-time response.

industry experts believe that cloud and edge computing will coexist to deliver a true real-time experience to end users in 2021.

IDC FutureScape report states that by 2022, 40 percent of enterprises will have doubled their information technology asset spending in edge locations and nearby co-location facilities versus core data centers to deliver digital services to local users and things.


IDC predicts that 2021 will be the year of multi-cloud computing, with a huge number of organizations deploying a mix of on-premises, public and private clouds.

This approach is used for several reasons. The most important one is increasing the flexibility of platforms and services. The second benefit is improving disaster recovery and business continuity, which in turn leads to cost savings and no vendor lock-in.

Serverless Computing

Serverless computing is one of the five fastest-growing PaaS trends in Flexera's 2020 State of the Cloud Market Report. Serverless architecture allows organizations to create, deploy and run applications within seconds.

"Serverless computing is truly a cloud paradigm, and it's hard to overestimate its impact on future cloud consumption growth," said Derek Swanson, director of technology at Silk. – It's such an attractive model that future applications will be conceived and developed for a serverless architecture from the start, rather than serverless approaches being applied to applications as they are now."


Containerization is a rapidly evolving technology trend. A container is a standard piece of software in which an application is packaged with all the dependencies necessary for its operation – code, environment, system tools, libraries, and settings.

Container-based development is in use for more than a decade. It is popular because of faster delivery, flexibility, portability, scalability, and easier lifecycle management. Gartner predicts that by 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will use containerized applications.


Cloud computing has enabled enterprises around the world to stay on track during the pandemic and will continue to be at the heart of enterprise IT. Use these trends to open new opportunities for your organization, and Cloud4U is happy to help.

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