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The 10 Biggest Cloud Computing News Stories Of 2021 (So Far)

CRN breaks down the top cloud computing news midway through the year, from a new Amazon Web Services CEO, a channel chief change for Microsoft and the resignation of IBM’s president, to the U.S. Department of Defense’s JEDI contract cancellation, spin-off plans by Dell Technologies and a key HPE acquisition.

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Leadership changes, a Microsoft loss with the U.S. Department of Defense’s cancellation of its potentially $10 billion JEDI contract, a key Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquisition and Dell Technologies and IBM spinoffs were among the top stories so far this year for the cloud computing industry.

The industry has continued to see strong growth this year after the coronavirus pandemic accelerated organizations’ plans to migrate their workloads to the cloud and take the next steps to adopt cloud services and digitally transform their businesses, tapping providers’ offerings in areas including data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. The pandemic also still is fueling advances in cloud-based communications and collaboration services for a post-pandemic hybrid workforce that will continue to include remote workers.

Research firm Gartner expects end-user spending on public cloud services to climb to $396 billion this year and increase 21.7 percent to $482 billion in 2022. It predicts public cloud spending will account for more than 45 percent of all enterprise IT spending by 2026, up from less than 17 percent this year.

Here’s a look at the 10 top cloud computing news stories of 2021 so far.

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