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04/23/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/23/2021 11:40

Industry News: April 19-23 – Gartner’s Cloud Spend Outlook, Demand for Cloud-Based Security Solutions, Amazon Eyes Carbon Neutral Status

Every week we highlight cloud computing and technology news of interest. This week we're covering just how big a year Gartner is forecasting for public cloud spend, the demand for cloud-based security solutions, Amazon's sped-up plans to become carbon neutral, a new immersive way to tour Microsoft's data centers and the top cloud trends that will influence 2021.

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2021 is shaping up to be a big year for global public cloud spend. Gartner is projecting 23.1% growth this year, totaling $332.3 billion. The analyst firm also predicts cloud will serve as the 'glue' between other technologies and solutions CIOs are leveraging. Dive into the forecast in Channel Partner Insight here.

According to new research from the CyberEdge Group, not only was last year a record-setting year for successful cyberattacks, but demand for cloud-based security solutions increased - even as spending slows. Read more of the report's findings on cloud-based security solutions and more in VMblog here.

In its push to become carbon neutral, Amazon has announced nine new renewable energy projects in Europe. As a result, the company now says they expect to have all of Amazon running on renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of schedule. Learn more about these 'green' projects in Data Center Dynamics here.

Ever wanted to take a deep dive into one of Microsoft's data centers? Now's your chance! The tech giant has launched a virtual experience (accessible on your computer or mobile device) that walks you through one of their data centers, touching everything from the cloud to sustainability and security. Discover what Microsoft hopes to achieve through this new offering in GeekWire here.

New cloud research from Flexera shows that while cloud use and adoption continue to grow among corporate America, there's still a long way to go towards tapping into the cloud's full potential. What are the top cloud trends that will influence 2021? CRN breaks it down here.