2022 Cloud Computing Trends

Feb 14th, 2022 by Karthik V

The cloud industry has experienced rapid expansion in the last two years, owing to rising demand for innovative technology. As COVID-19 triggered hybridized work and an increase in the digital delivery of services, cloud computing exploded in 2020 and 2021. IT leaders sought to move workloads to the cloud to assure business continuity for remote workers, resulting in a surge in cloud usage. Clearly, the impetus of cloud adoption will only continue to grow this year and beyond, having established its benefits among users.

We observe that organizations across industries that are keen on updating their infra, increasing system reliability, supporting hybrid work styles and just basically maneuvering the new reality, are pushing their timeframes for digital business activities and moving swiftly to the cloud.

Did you know that the end-user expenditure on public cloud services is expected to reach $482 billion in 2022? - Gartner

What’s interesting is that an average employee uses 36 cloud-based services to go about their daily routine. The prominence of the cloud in conducting business today is undeniable and we gather the below to be trending in 2022:

A Transition to Multi-Cloud Strategies

Organizations that have already explored the cloud go with a pay-as-you-go public cloud, a customized private cloud, or even a multi-cloud option. As a company that uses cloud services across various geographies, it is difficult to depend on only one public cloud infrastructure provider to meet all your demands. In such cases, it would be wiser to gauge if the "one-stop-shop" cloud services offered by the big tech solution providers make sense or if a multi-cloud strategy is better suited. A 2021 cloud report highlights that a multi-cloud strategy is used by 92% of businesses, while a hybrid cloud strategy is used by 80%. The more judicious a business is, the more likely they are to opt for a tailor-made multi-cloud approach.

Serverless Design

Serverless computing is a method of providing backend services based on their usage. Here, the clients don’t need to buy or lease the servers. A third-party serverless vendor will manage everything and charge only for what they have used. A serverless model helps clients tackle cloud teething troubles with costs, server management, system administration, operational management, speed, etc. In a serverless way, developers encapsulate the code and cloud providers automatically execute it when triggered. Developers can quickly deploy and grow services without the need to provision or manage additional servers. Furthermore, the pay-as-you-go model ensures that firms do not overpay for storage and computational capacity.

Cloud Security

Cyberattacks, data theft, data loss, spillage, and deletion are the worst nightmares of any IT professional. Many leading enterprises spent over $144 million in 2020 responding to the largest ransomware attacks. Without doubt, cloud security will be the number one priority for most organizations in 2022. As more businesses depend on the cloud, cloud security, business continuity, and disaster recovery initiatives should be prioritized. We’d suggest that you remind your resources time and again of security issues, revise their knowledge with regular security training, and rectify issues immediately.

Hybrid Cloud Computing

Today, major cloud providers such as Microsoft and Amazon are extending their use of "hybrid" models that combine the best of private and public cloud environments. Data that must be accessible easily and often, such as by customers, can be stored on public AWS or Azure servers and accessed via tools, apps, and dashboards. Data that is more confidential or business-critical can be stored on private servers with access controlled and processed using proprietary apps. It is principally used to move workloads among private and public clouds, giving clients greater adaptability to their changing needs. Hybrid Cloud deployments will continue to grow in popularity, allowing businesses to move new applications, processes, and handle scale. We look forward to an increase in its adoption given that hybrid models have established their benefits among early adopters.

Hybrid Working & Virtual Desktops

Over 50% high-growth businesses have adopted hybrid work styles. Virtual desktop infrastructure and cloud-based workspaces are the key enablers of this model. The hosting of a desktop structure on a central server is known as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Employee productivity is boosted by virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), given that it provides easy and secure remote access and can be used in conjunction with several cloud-based apps. According to a recent research analysis, the global Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Market size and share is predicted to reach USD 30 billion by 2026, up from USD 11.7 billion in 2020. We’d note that virtual desktops powering hybrid work models control costs, eliminate the need for frequent hardware updates, and provide greater flexibility in managing people.

Distributed Cloud

A distributed cloud is a public cloud that runs in multiple locations. Public cloud providers transitioning to location-independent distributed cloud services imply that the public cloud provider maintains, operates, and develops the services but physically provides them at the point of need. Some examples of distributed clouds are the IoT edge cloud, metro-area community cloud, and 5G mobile edge cloud. They're pretty much the future, in our opinion.

Cloud Automation

The global market for Cloud Automation, is expected to expand to $149.9 billion by 2027. Automation simplifies several aspects of managing a business. Cloud automation can be used in private, public, and hybrid cloud contexts and can help create a secure infrastructure by harnessing the power of the cloud. Cloud automation assures improved security, resilience, and governance. A recent research study says that 81% of businesses using cloud automation feel their ability to deliver business model innovation has improved. We daresay that cloud automation will be a priority for many high-growth organizations this year.

Sustainability on the Cloud

The invention, distribution, and use of cloud services that promote a net positive commitment economically, environmentally, and socially over time are referred to as cloud sustainability. While almost all cloud providers have sustainability policies in place, their progress toward carbon reduction goals and strategies for achieving net zero carbon emissions differs dramatically. Nonetheless, measures to make cloud computing more environment friendly include the use of renewable energy sources, making DCs energy-efficient, ensuring hardware recycles and more. Research shows that cloud migrations will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 59 million tons a year! For years, organizations have been driving financial, security, and agility benefits through the cloud, but sustainability is becoming imperative.

While not everything above will be your top priority, it is best to seek expert opinion before getting started on your cloud transformation journey. We are partners with AWS and Microsoft, helping businesses accelerate their tech innovations on the cloud. If you would like to know more about how we can help in your cloud adoption journey, write to our Cloud Experts at collaborate@ccs-technologies.com.

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