Cloud Computing sector Investment Report 2021

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What is the “Cloud Computing” sector?

As described by Salesforce, cloud computing, simply defined, is a technology that enables remote access to software, file storage and data processing over the Internet as an alternative to running on a personal computer or local server. In the cloud model, applications do not need to be installed locally on computers. In other words, it could be defined as offering services through the connectivity and scale of the Internet via the cloud.

As well described by OpenSistemas, with Cloud Computing it is not necessary to install any application on the computer itself, and yet the computer will have access to the different services required. A very clear example of Cloud Computing is email. We use e-mail and we have not had to download any application, that is Cloud Computing; a fast, on-demand and secure alternative.

There are three types of cloud computing: public, private and hybrid cloud. The first of these occurs when a third party offers a service to different customers who share the same infrastructure and share the costs between them (server, administration, security, communications, etc.). The private cloud is used by companies, generally large ones, which consume a lot of resources and need specific adaptations ("customisation"). The hybrid cloud, finally, is the combination of solutions on the Internet and hosted on the customer's premises.

Scope and coverage of the study

This industry analysis covers 5,325 companies worldwide tagged within the category "Cloud Computing".

All data on companies, acquisitions and founding rounds were extracted on 15 April 2021. Deals, rounds, and companies founded after this date have not been included.

In this image we can see that the number of active companies in the cloud computing sector is 8482, the number of companies that have received funding is 2461, the number of rounds reaches 6401 and the amount raised is 66 billion dollars.

Main investment trends

Analysing the number of companies created over the last 15 years, it can be seen that the sector boomed, reaching a maximum of 621 companies created in a single year, 2012. Since then, there has been a notable and quite aggressive decrease, reaching only 70 companies founded in 2020, although it is true that this was an atypical year due to Covid-19. It should be noted that so far in 2021, 12 companies have been created, indicating that the number will continue to fall, as at this point in 2020, 37 companies had already been created.

Cloud Computing sector Investment Report 2021

On the other hand, analysing the funding received in the sector, we observe something much more stable. Apart from 2016, a year in which almost 10 billion dollars were raised, thanks to giant rounds carried out by Inspur Cloud (almost 3 billion dollars raised that year) or Spotify (1 billion dollars), the other years have maintained a constant collection of around 6.5 billion dollars.

In terms of the number of rounds, there has not been a significant drop, as revenue has not been affected. At the same time, the current year, 2021, despite having only 74 rounds, has already raised almost half as much as in 2020. This is due to a sizeable round by Box, which raised 500 billion dollars on 8 April. Finally, look at the trend lines. These show a rather gradual growth, showing a growing and almost mature sector.

Cloud Computing sector Investment Report 2021

In terms of the acquisitions that have taken place in the sector, with the acquiring company belonging to the Cloud Computing sector, the visual shows a marked growth, as the trend line makes clear. With a maximum of 153 purchase operations in 2017. It is worth mentioning 2021, which has already seen 47 acquisitions, marking a very good start to the year. Finally, mention should be made of 2020, which, despite having been an abnormal year due to the pandemic, has maintained its values quite well, with 110 transactions.

Cloud Computing sector Investment Report 2021

Finally, this table shows the most recent IPOs in the sector. It should be noted that none has yet been made in 2021. It should also be noted that most of the companies in this table (Datto, Rackspace, Grid Dynamics, PagerDuty and Tufin) are US companies. And the other three are Asian companies: Chinese (Kingsoft Cloud and UCloud Information Technology) and Japanese (EXASOL). This gives a perfect picture of how the Cloud Computing sector is distributed across the globe.

Cloud Computing sector Investment Report 2021

Cloud Computing sector Investment Report 2021

Table of contents

1. Feed summary 

  1. Cloud Computing Feed Summary 
  2. WordCloud 
  3. What is Cloud Computing 
  4. What are the differences between Cloud Computing and SaaS 
  5. Five Biggest Benefits of Cloud Computing 
  6. Market Forecast 
  7. Cloud Computing and Covid-19 
  8. Market Drivers 
  9. Market Segmentation 
  10. Market Trends 
  11. SWOT Analysis 
  12. Investment Trend Summary 
  13. Exit Outlook Summary 
  14. Summary of Key Markets 
  15. Industry Projections 

2. Investment Trends 

  1. Global Funding Trends 
  2. Funding Trends by Geography 
  3. Median Deal Size Trend 
  4. Funding Funnel 

3. Exit Outlook 

  1. Notable Acquisitions 
  2. Most Active Acquirers 

4. Investors 

  1. Details on most Active VC & PE Investors 
  2. Investment Trends 
  3. Top ranking Venture Capital, Private Equity and Corporate Venture sector´s firms 
  4. Top ranking Early Stage, Growing and Consolidated companies in the sector 
  5. The sector in Spain (overview) 
Cloud Computing sector Investment Report 2021
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