Why cloud is the new normal

There will be no going back for organisations that took a first step into the cloud during Covid-19 – the accelerated adoption of new technologies is likely to change their businesses forever

Almost 70 per cent of organisations already using cloud will increase their cloud spending after a year of Covid-19 disruption, according to research by Gartner

A decade after it first began to gain traction, cloud in all its various manifestations has become the new normal. Back then, chief executives who had grown tired of on-premise IT and costly refresh cycles were drawn to the agility and scale of pay-as-you-go services – Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) – but it required a seismic shift to technology that was still nascent. Adoption was slow.

Today, after a period of unprecedented chaos ...