2021 cloud spend to storm past $10B: Gartner

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2021 cloud spend to storm past $10B: Gartner

Spending on public cloud services in Australia is expected to increase by 18.4 percent over 2020 to reach $10.6 billion, according to a new report from Gartner.

This is slightly lower than the expected global growth rate of 23.1 percent, rising to US$332.3 (~AU$428 billion) billion from US$270 billion (~AU$332 billion).

“Organisations in Australia and New Zealand responded to COVID-19 by accelerating their adoption of cloud. Simply put, the pandemic served as a multiplier for CIOs’ interest in the cloud. It allowed CIOs to overcome any reluctance of moving mission critical workloads from on-premises to the cloud,” said Gartner research vice president Michael Warrilow. 

“Emerging technologies such as containerisation, desktop-as-a-service and edge computing are becoming more mainstream and driving additional cloud spending. And hyperscale public cloud services have proven their underlying scalability and elasticity. This has led to stronger forecasts for cloud adoption in coming years. We also expect to see hyperscale providers increase their presence in this region.”

Software as a service (SaaS) will continue to be the largest segment by far reaching $5.7 billion, more than three times the spend of second place platform as a service (PaaS) at over $1.7 billion.

Gartner said that this is due to the demand for composable applications requiring a different type of SaaS experience.

In terms of growth rate, desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) will take first place with 57.7 percent  growth to hit $68 million, followed by infrastructure-as-a-service’s (IaaS) 30.2 percent growth to pass $1.6 billion.

Gartner attributes that growth to the pressure on CIOs scale infrastructure that supports moving complex workloads to the cloud and the demands of a hybrid workforce.

Table 1: Australia Public Cloud Services End-User Spending Forecast (Millions of Australian Dollars)

 

2020

2021

2022

Cloud Business Process Services (BPaaS)

908

954

972

Cloud Application Infrastructure Services (PaaS)

1,434

1,764

2,206

Cloud Application Services (SaaS)

4,872

5,695

6,750

Cloud Management and Security Services

436

477

586

Cloud System Infrastructure Services (IaaS)

1,262

1,643

2,091

Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

43

68

88

Total Market

8,956

10,602

12,693

Total Growth

12.8%

18.4%

19.7%

BPaaS = business process as a service; IaaS = infrastructure as a service; PaaS = platform as a service; SaaS = software as a service. Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding.
Source: Gartner (April 2021)

“It’s important to note that the usage and adoption of cloud that served enterprises well during the ongoing crisis will not look the same in the coming years,” Warrilow added. 

“It will evolve from serving pedestrian use cases such as infrastructure and application migration, to those that combine cloud with technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, 5G and more.

“In other words, cloud will serve as the glue between many other technologies that CIOs want to use more of, allowing them to address more complex and emerging use cases. It will be a disruptive market, to say the least.”

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