A new study from Cloudreach and IDC entitled “Cloud Trends 2021” (registration required) surveyed more than 200 CIOs. Questions focused on the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the use of cloud computing and digital transformation. Keep in mind that the sponsor has a dog in the hunt in that they sell technology.
Of course, it’s the usual “cloud is good,” “cloud is important” stuff you find in most other analyst reports. However, the number that I found interesting is that 27.5 percent stated that large-scale migration to the public cloud was “essential for survival.” Hop in a time machine and just five years ago most enterprises considered cloud as an option for consuming technology such storage and compute, but really not essential. What changed?