10 Predictions for Application Delivery in 2021

2021: Top ten predictions

We’ve become an application-centric society. We use apps to help us do our work, to communicate, to stream entertainment, to monitor our health, and to do a whole lot more. Over the years, the number of desktop and mobile apps has grown dramatically. Where we deliver them from has changed too. The cloud has played a huge role as we move away from strictly on-premises data centers to a hybrid cloud and multi-cloud approach. And, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on how we built, delivered, and consumed our applications in 2020. But what will 2021 bring? Here are 10 predictions for applications and application delivery in the coming year.

Life changed dramatically in 2020 due to the pandemic. Many of us spent our days working from home. Students went online for school. Online shopping and app-based restaurant ordering and delivery dramatically increased, as did telehealth. All of these shifts were made possible by applications. We can expect to see these trends continue in 2021 and well beyond as the global economy settles into changes that may indeed become permanent.

We can also expect to see more cyber-attacks as bad actors look to take advantage of the increase in users accessing applications from many distributed devices and locations. Taking steps to secure our apps and networks is vital and it will be imperative for organizations to fortify their application delivery infrastructures now. Better times are coming. Advancements in the development and delivery of applications will improve our work and personal lives. Innovation is just around the corner.

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Paul Nicholson
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January 20, 2021

About Paul Nicholson

Paul Nicholson brings 24 years of experience working with Internet and security companies in the U.S. and U.K. In his current position, Nicholson is responsible for global product marketing and strategy at San Jose, Calif.-based application networking and security leader A10 Networks. Prior to A10 Networks, Nicholson held various technical and management positions at Intel, Pandesic (the Internet company from Intel and SAP), Secure Computing, and various security start-ups. READ MORE