IDC predicts 2021 will be the year of multi-cloud, as businesses seek agility

By 2022, over 90% of enterprises worldwide will be relying on a mix of on-premises, dedicated private clouds, multiple public clouds, and legacy platforms to meet their infrastructure needs. That’s according to the latest forecast from global technology research and consulting services firm International Data Corporation, IDC, which expects 2021 to be the year of multi-cloud, with the vast majority of enterprises deploying combinations of on-premises, off-premises, public, and private clouds as their default environments. While uptake of multi-cloud architecture has started to gain momentum, not all businesses are sufficiently prepared to implement cloud roadmaps due to migration and skills-related challenges.

Not all businesses are sufficiently prepared to implement cloud roadmaps due to migration and skills-related challenges

“The widespread disruption caused by the global COVID-19 outbreak has reinforced the critical importance of businesses being agile enough to scale up or down with fluctuations in demand,” says IDC’s Jyoti Lalchandani, Group Vice President and Regional Managing Director for Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.

“A public cloud platform provides enterprises with an agile, scalable, and cost-effective IT infrastructure that supports their business processes. However, public cloud is not necessarily an appropriate option for all types of workloads. As such, some enterprises are choosing to keep certain workloads on-premises, using an in-house datacentre, or on private clouds. This approach helps them achieve better performance, 24/7 availability, enhanced security, and greater compliance with regulations.”

“Just under 30% of medium-to-large organisations responding to IDC’s META CIO Survey 2020 highlighted migration as a key challenge,” says Lalchandani. “At the same time, 39% cited a lack of skills as an obstacle hindering their rollout of cloud strategies. To achieve success in their multi-cloud journeys, IDC advises businesses to take stock of their applications and develop a phased modernisation roadmap for each one, thereby enabling them to make appropriate cloud decisions for the multi-cloud era.”

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