A number of factors led lớn an increase in data & bandwidth demands: Organizations were suddenly faced with a distributed workforce that numbered in the hundreds or thousands. Millions of personal transactions have been processed online. The digital transformation gained momentum. A reorientation khổng lồ PaaS and SaaS solutions took place in order to lớn achieve more flexibility in view of shrinking CAPEX budgets.

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In order lớn keep up with these developments, the IT teams expanded their network, data and cloud capacities. These new abilities are unlikely lớn return once the dust settles. Rather than “going back to normal,” organizations will be more likely lớn build future cloud strategies around the “new normal,” where remote working & business agility are simply a given.
How will these trends evolve? How will companies continue to innovate with the cloud—and where can they use that innovation lớn stay ahead of the curve?
Trend No. 1: The pace is picking up.
According to IDC's 2021 FutureScape report, by the over of 2021, 80 percent of enterprises will be migrating to cloud-centric infrastructure and applications twice as fast as before the pandemic.
Kelvin Teck, marketing Program Manager for APJ at Pure, does see this trend. “To future-proof storage infrastructure, moving legacy applications to a cloud-ready architecture is a key consideration,” says Teck. "A cloud-ready strategy will become an integral part of the next phase of digital transformation and will nguồn mission-critical workloads in 2021 và beyond." Containers & software-as-a-service are becoming synonymous with cloud-first IT strategies be.
Tip for 2022: Businesses shouldn't fall by the wayside, but also shouldn't rush changes that aren't sustainable for their infrastructure. The rapid adoption of modern cloud-native technologies requires an agile, cloud-ready architecture to ensure success.
Trend #2: The multi-cloud is the new must-have for everyone.
Enterprises have almost completely embraced multi-cloud: According to lớn Flexera's 2020 State of the Cloud Report, 93 percent of enterprises said they have a multi-cloud strategy, while 87 percent have adopted a hybrid approach that leverages public và private clouds combined.
Unsurprisingly, businesses are seeing accelerated demand for cloud capacity. Organizations are beginning to lớn reprioritize projects that have been put on hold due lớn the current environment. A top initiative for senior IT leaders is expanding multi-cloud capabilities as part of a broader digital transformation strategy.
Tip for 2022: The first step in adopting multi-cloud is defining a strategy. If companies don't vì this, they run the risk of becoming one of those companies that leaves money on the table. That's because they don't understand that the motivation for adopting multi-cloud (to ensure business continuity) is not the same as the goal of multi-cloud: aligning cloud usage with the broader business strategy of the organization.

Trend #3: Containers will become the gold standard for efficiency and productivity in the cloud.
According khổng lồ IDC, container-enabled infrastructure is at the top of the "must-have" danh mục for 2021 as containers drive rapid, automated deployment of applications at scale. In fact, IDC predicts that the installed base of container instances will grow at 62 percent annually through 2023. Big companies like Capital One, Tesla, and Intel have made the switch, with some even developing their own container orchestration tools.
This is part of a larger story, the quest to lớn be cloud native. This is a huge initiative for everyone, and containers really are at the heart of it. Therefore, organizations will increasingly upgrade their IT architectures with technologies lượt thích Kubernetes và Portworx by Pure Storage khổng lồ realize containerization at scale.
Tip for 2021: Large-scale containerization is incredibly complex và storage should play an important role. Storage should be container-smart và container-aware, with the resiliency và availability to tư vấn these highly distributed applications. Also, native integrations that enable data mobility, granular security policies, & modern backup và recovery measures are critical. Portworx is a leading provider of scalable & flexible data storage that works seamlessly across on-premises and cloud environments.
Trend #4: The cloud will become even more important for creating flexibility in times of change.
Patrick Smith, Pure's Field CTO for EMEA, speaks extensively with customers & has seen first-hand how they are navigating the world-shattering changes in their businesses. The massive workloads that businesses face due to remote working won't go away, Smith predicts.
»As the lockdowns began, companies around the world were trying khổng lồ cope with an increased workload. That led to a big uptick in cloud adoption và usage,” says Smith. “I would even go so far as to say that many companies have moved too far towards the cloud. They will rebalance their usage as cost pressures drive some workloads back lớn on-premises. The need for flexibility has never been greater to tư vấn businesses in changing circumstances.«
Tip for 2022: The cloud offers flexibility, but companies also need flexibility in the use of cloud services. By using cloud-native apps, for example, companies not only gain flexibility but also scalability. This is due khổng lồ the ability lớn deploy microservices in containers that can be dynamically provisioned as needed.

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Trend #5: Cloud environments are being unified with optimized hybrid clouds.
Matthew Oostveen, Field CTO for APJ at Pure, sees 2020 as "Phase 1" for companies rushing to adopt remote work solutions, such as investments in laptops, network infrastructure and the cloud. »Phase 2«, which will determine the year 2021, is about making the infrastructure structure more efficient.
Back in October 2020, Oostveen stated: “Leaders will start to realize that metrics lượt thích productivity have been negatively impacted, primarily because so many people are disconnected from traditional systems and processes. Businesses are looking for ways khổng lồ improve the productivity of their remote workers and automate previously physical & manual processes.«
A desire lớn improve productivity & processes is reflected in a new Bredin survey of IT decision makers' priorities in 2021. 62 percent of respondents say they want to build or improve the infrastructure to support existing business apps, such as data storage.
How can companies improve the productivity of the thiết bị di động workforce? There are workloads, datasets, và applications moving in & out of hybrid clouds lớn spend the most money on productivity-enhancing measures. That's why IDC predicts that by 2022, more than 80 percent of organizations will prioritize the "public cloud experience," such as access to lớn new technologies and intuitive operations.
The faster people can get their hands on new tools that streamline work, the more they can get out of the average eight-hour workday, remote or not. That's the result of a recent survey conducted by Spiceworks Ziff-Davis on behalf of Pure. This shows that most companies using cloud solutions are primarily motivated by the promise of work relief.
Tip for 2021: As Pure found by surveying its users, people want the same experience no matter where their data resides — on-premises, in the cloud, in a hybrid cloud, or in a multi-cloud. Businesses should look for ways khổng lồ provide a consistent experience without sacrificing the features of on-premises businesses.
Trend #6: The cloud - và everything else - is used as a service (XaaS).
The term »digital transformation« can trigger anxiety among executives - especially CFOs - because they know that the clock is ticking và the transformation must be carried out as quickly as possible. According lớn Paul Ferraro, Pure VP of Pure as-a-Service Global Sales, the way to accelerate cloud adoption is simply to lớn buy cloud as a service. This is all the more true at a time when CAPEX budgets are shrinking and operational risks are increasing.
“Many CFOs want khổng lồ buy services the same way they sell them—on demand, with little initial commitment và the ability to grow over time,” says Ferraro. “The usership economy is on the rise in all traditional IT infrastructure areas, và the benefits are obvious. You no longer buy anything, you use a service. Research shows that many CIOs believe that consumption-based models significantly accelerate digital transformation. They provide visibility và agility to reallocate capital and meet business needs.«
In fact, according khổng lồ the new Pure survey among IT decision makers, investing in cloud-as-a-service is at the đứng đầu of the wish-list: 39 percent of respondents said they will consider cloud-as-a-service in the next five years mã sản phẩm will be used for the majority of IT infrastructure procurement.
Tip for 2022: In order to lớn pull this off, companies need flexible use of file, block và object storage for on-premises or the cloud. When businesses only pay for what they need, they don't have lớn worry about the future to purchase or lease storage years in advance. This is how Pure-as-a-Service works: Billing is based on actual consumption, with minimum commitments starting at 50 TiB.
Trend #7: Ransomware will still be a threat, but the cloud can help.
Given the frequency of ransomware attacks at high levels in 2020, it shouldn't come as a surprise that security insiders expect ransomware to continue wreaking havoc on organizations & generating revenue for attackers. According to the Sophos 2021 Threat Report, attackers will not only target larger targets & demand millions of dollars in ransoms. New attackers are also likely lớn spring into action because they see the dollar signs and want a piece of the pie.
The cloud will play an increasingly important role in enterprise business continuity và data recovery (BC/DR) operations. A recent ESG study found that cloud-based services are becoming even more synonymous with data protection & BC/DR processes. In fact, three of the đứng đầu five technologies used are cloud-based, & more than 50 percent of the companies surveyed use these cloud-based solutions for data protection.
Tip for 2022: Business continuity is critical, và all-flash storage offers the fastest way khổng lồ get back on your feet. In partnership with Cohesity, Pure Storage recently launched FlashRecover lớn provide all-flash backup and recovery capabilities for rapid data recovery in the event of a disaster or attack.
Set the right course
2020 was a challenging year, but it also had a few bright spots. One of them was the agility, productivity and flexibility of the cloud. The course has been phối for a promising 2021, in which these steps forward will surely become big steps. Organizations that are able to lớn embrace new mindsets và technologies in the cloud will be ready khổng lồ break through barriers and embrace what's next.