Public clouds have come a long way over the past decade. In that time, business attitudes toward cloud computing have shifted from open skepticism to total dependence. With the COVID-19 pandemic stoking even more demand, Gartner now predicts that spending on public cloud services will increase more than 18 percent this year alone.
This rush to the cloud makes a lot of sense. Businesses are drawn by low entry costs, usage-based billing, flexibility, and greater security. The cloud itself is improving too. Containerized applications support workload distribution for better performance and control. This almost perfect IT solution has enabled nearly 100 percent of businesses to move some portion of their computing load to the cloud.