The 5 Biggest Cloud Computing Trends In 2021

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

If 2020 showed us anything, it’s that things don’t always go the way they were predicted to.

When applying this to the world of cloud computing, there are still key themes involved, such as the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). These have been two of the big topics for the last few years, however the 2020 pandemic has changed the direction slightly. The next year looks to be dominated by the ways this technology can help individuals and society adapt and change to the new situation we have found ourselves in.

As a big part of us adapting to working and living during a global pandemic, cloud computing will be a driving force around much of our day to day activities. Cloud technology is one of the foundations to the app and data fed systems widely used by us all. Think about a lot of the apps you have interacted with over the last year, video calling, home delivery, and contact tracing as just a few - they have all been driven by the cloud.

Over the coming months there will be more compounding of this trend. More and more businesses are adapting their models and understanding how the cloud can benefit them. Below we will outline some of the biggest trends we can see coming in 2021.

Providers will have to work closer together because of multi-cloud approaches

It’s no secret that the companies at the top of the pile are in competition with each other. A lot of the time in the past, the competition has led to an approach which has tried to keep their ecosystems separate as much as possible. In many cases this has been a successful approach, but as we move forward there is an increasing demand for a cross platform approach to some services.

This is a difficult pill to swallow for the top providers as it’s in contrast to the business models that have got them to where they are. However, with a cross platform approach, there are many benefits that organizations can make the most of, such as data sharing and access to supply chains.

Cloud computing will get faster and more efficient

This will be driven in a big way by artificial intelligence. As AI gets more accessible, users will be able to make the most of cloud based as a service ecosystems. This means actions such as language processing, image recognition and recommendations all become more widely available.

Alongside this, AI will be helping to push areas of cloud computing logistics to more efficiency. These areas include hardware networks, cooling systems, and power usage. Algorithms that control AI are able to get the best out of these systems, meaning users will feel the improvements in the service as well.

Cloud gaming will continue its takeover

Cloud gaming has long been predicted to be the next big step in the gaming market. If you are not aware what cloud gaming is, consider it like a Netflix style streaming service for video games. For a couple years now, the industry has been moving in the cloud gaming direction, with multiple big players entering the market. 

Some of the big benefits of using a cloud gaming service is that you don’t need to invest in expensive consoles and can play from anywhere, on a lot of different devices, as long as you have an internet connection.

On-site and hybrid cloud will increase its stakehold

For years now, there has been a decision businesses have had to make. This decision is a choice between a public, private cloud solution. It’s a difficult decision, with each path having pros and cons that impact a business. Unfortunately, the intricacies of operating a business on cloud means that there hasn’t been one path that’s the ultimate best choice. This has led to multi-cloud and hybrid solutions becoming more popular as they give organisations more flexibility around their modes of operation.

Work will continue to be more virtual and cloud based

This point is around organizations creating complete packages for desktop and laptops. In this situation, workstations will be delivered in their entirety to end users. This is also known as desktop-as-a-service. Essentially it means that entire teams of remote workers are working on the same systems, using the same technology, and they are all compatible with one another. The benefits of this include increased efficiency and security, as well as many others.


Cloud computing is set to have a big year in 2021. The above points are 5 of the biggest cloud computing trends that are predicted to develop further over the year, but with the extensive uptake of the cloud in 2020, there are plenty more developments to keep an eye on too.