Organizations need to keep an eye out for the latest trends in the cloud industry, given its rapid adoption due to the pandemic,
As per “Forecast: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2019-2025, 2Q21 Update” from Gartner, Gartner estimates that the total investment on cloud services will increase from US $396 billion in 2021 to 21.7% to reach US $482 billion by 2022. While much of this exponential growth is influenced by COVID-led pivot to work from home policy, there’s no denying that cloud computing will be an integral part of organizations in coming years. The cloud industry is continuously striving towards finding innovative ways to keep up with the increase along with the extended adoption of existing methodologies.
Given its exponential growth, impact and promising future, IT leaders should keep an eye on the latest trends happening in the space. Here are four cloud computing trends that they keep an eye on, while heading into 2022:
1) Increase reliance on hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environments
Most of the organizations today store their data on private cloud to reap the benefits of low latency and high data transfer speeds. With a public cloud, they can let third-party providers store their data, effectively decreasing costs associated with infrastructure. Using hybrid cloud, organizations will be able to reap the benefits of these environments. This will enable them to store data that they often need to access from local devices while offloading the archival media to a public cloud provider. Using multi-cloud setup, two public clouds will operate in tandem, resulting in the ability to offer enhanced data redundancy. These solutions will substantially grow to 20% year-over-year, reaching the milestone of near US $100 billion market size by 2022.
Shift from an IT mindset to an engineering mindset
“For an organization to be successful on its cloud journey, it needs to shift from an IT mindset to an engineering mindset,” says Dustin Milberg, Field CTO, Cloud Services. He adds, “This doesn’t mean swapping out people. Rather, it means investing in existing resources by teaching the skills critical to leveraging the cloud while balancing cost, quality and security. IT is the technology you do regardless of the business that you are in like email, Wi-Fi and directory services. Engineering, on the other hand, is the technology that differentiates you from the rest of the market. Over the last 18 months, employees have been forced to become more self-reliant to address their own end-user computing needs. Most employees are now digital natives and fairly self-sufficient, which reduces the burden for corporate IT staffing. The current trends point to organizations phasing out corporate IT and leveraging strategic solution providers for tactical tasks like service-desk, Unified Communications, infrastructure/cloud services and more. In turn, they will use the cost and resource savings to re-tool and become engineering organizations, strategically aligned to the measurable business outcomes.”
The acceleration of Containerization
In the cloud environment, a container’s portability provides performance consistency across an entire organization as well as effective distribution of resources.” Containers offer businesses a dedicated, cloud-based space where they can build, test and deploy new applications,” states Kash Shaikh, President and CEO, Virtana. He adds, “It offers faster delivery, agility, portability and modernization. By 2022, Gartner estimates more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production, up from less than 30% today.”
The age of Cloud arbitrage
Kash Shaikh believes 2022 will feature any cloud to any cloud workload placement for cost optimization. “Industry specific clouds are no longer just the big 3 providers but now there will be multiple choices. Cloud flex is important but does not have to be public clouds,” adds Kash Shaikh.