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4 Key Cloud Trends That Will Influence 2021

A report from Flexera reveals there’s an opportunity for solution providers to take advantage of growing cloud use in corporate America.

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Cloud use continues to grow in corporate America, but the industry is still far from reaching peak penetration, presenting an opportunity for solution providers.

That’s according to a report from Flexera that looks at cloud adoption, cloud trends and how these trends have changed over the years. The report surveyed 750 global cloud decision-makers and users in October and November.

Luis Alvarez, CEO of Salinas, Calif.-based Alvarez Technology Group—which offers cloud, Microsoft support and managed IT among other services—told CRN that the results match what he’s seeing in his business. Alvarez Technology Group’s cloud business has grown about 30 percent in the past 12 months thanks to customer migrations to Microsoft 365 and Azure, not to mention hosted Voice-over-IP.

“The growth has been across our entire client base, but in particular professional services have been accelerating the trend,” Alvarez said. “We anticipate the hybrid work model to stick around for a while so that will also drive adoption.”

Three-quarters of respondents said they have a central cloud team or cloud center of excellence to accelerate cloud adoption—77 percent of responding enterprises compared with 55 percent of responding smaller businesses. About 80 percent reported security and managing cloud spend as top challenges, followed by governance.

Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services were about tied for adoption, followed by Google Cloud, similar to last year’s report. Oracle Infrastructure Cloud, VMware Cloud on AWS and IBM Public Cloud round out the top players. Google Cloud saw the highest growth over 2020.

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