The year 2021 was a watershed moment for the cloud sector. Organizations have seen value in shifting to the cloud for things like transitioning to remote work since some form of hybrid work is here to stay for many workers, due in part to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Red Hat’s 2021 Global Tech Outlook, 38% of the companies surveyed already had a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud strategy in place. According to the report, there will be a significant increase in 2022, with more enterprises planning to employ three or more clouds than ever before.
In 2022, here are some key hybrid cloud trends to keep an eye on.
The hybrid cloud is moving to the edge
Public clouds and clouds hosted by an enterprise in its own data center are no longer the only types of hybrid cloud. A hybrid cloud is a computational infrastructure that extends all the way out to the edge, where data is collected and acted upon. This is the hybrid cloud tale of today.
To put it another way, two big enterprise IT trends are colliding. Edge computing is about bringing the environment to the workload and its associated data, or as close as possible. Hybrid cloud is fundamentally about running your workloads in the best possible environments; edge computing is about bringing the environment to the workload and its associated data, or as close as possible.
The word “hybrid cloud” refers to a collection of distinct separate centralized sets of computing resources, which is often referred to as “multi-cloud” – though it’s frequently difficult to tell the difference between the two concepts these days. Rather, it envisions architectures in which computing takes place where it is most appropriate and data flows where it is most efficiently handled.
Organizations will demand and build portability
The maturing of Kubernetes and the thriving ecosystem that has sprung up around it – is assisting in the realization of containerization and hybrid cloud’s “write once, run anywhere” promise. This is something that needs to be unpacked and highlighted. Some businesses are unable to fully benefit from the hybrid cloud (and multi-cloud) due to portability issues.
The issue of portability remains, and if resolved, it might be a game-changer for hybrid cloud. It’s more crucial than ever to architect a technological stack. Otherwise, businesses risk creating silos in which their apps and data exist in two distinct contexts.
True interoperability necessitates smart architecture and upkeep. Companies should invest time and resources to ensure their IT environment reaps the full benefits of hybrid cloud, whether they choose to lock in a single provider for their public and private cloud needs or go for a multi-cloud strategy. A key component of hybrid cloud ROI has been and continues to be portability.
Distributed IT meets centralized control
Hybrid cloud (and multi-cloud) illustrates enterprise IT’s overall shift from a centralized to a distributed architecture, particularly when it overlaps with edge computing. From infrastructure to applications to data, virtually every aspect of an organization’s IT portfolio is increasingly dispersed across many locations and environments. Many firms are migrating to a remote or hybrid work style on a permanent or indefinite basis, and this is true of people as well.
That isn’t to say that IT is relegated to the background and chaos reigns. Expanding hybrid cloud and multi-cloud methods, on the other hand, emphasizes the importance of robust management and continual optimization.
Leaders should anticipate a shift toward a platform that allows them to manage which settings and services their employees may supply. This platform will combine several point products and solutions into a bespoke solution with a single interface, serving as a single point of management and control for the overall infrastructure.