Top Four Cloud Trends to Watch for in 2022

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The past year and a half has been crucial in facilitating remote work solutions. In addition to that, the COVID crisis has spurred cloud adoption across a variety of businesses. New cloud trends will develop in the next few years as the cloud continues to grow at a rapid pace.

The last few years have seen a huge shift in how businesses think about and use the cloud, and the pandemic has further accelerated these cloud migration efforts. Companies that have just looked at how to migrate workloads and apps to the cloud have significantly accelerated their plans to stay survive and thrive in an era of economic turmoil, supply chains, and new business models.

Mike Potter
Mike Potter

Mike Potter, CTO of Qlik says, “This year marked our second enduring the pandemic. What businesses learned the first year – how to operate remotely – transitioned into a greater understanding and urgency to embrace solutions that allowed them to move faster and better endure unanticipated events. In essence, it challenged businesses to fully embrace the idea of becoming totally data-driven enterprises. From my perspective, the two main areas of improvement this year across the industry were cloud technology and automation, supported by the ability to stream data in real time.”

Here are a few cloud trends to look out for in 2022 as businesses continue to shift gears to match strategic goals and adjust to macroeconomic conditions.

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The Rise of Cloud DevOps

Although DevOps has been around for a while, COVID has had a substantial impact on the type and focus of DevOps initiatives as more enterprises migrate core business processes to the cloud. Modern Cloud DevOps methods have taken centre stage in recent years, and they are now considered not just desirable as a set of skills and expertise, but also necessary for the effective deployment of next-generation cloud infrastructure.

Cloud DevOps will gain popularity going forward among businesses that have recently migrated to the cloud or are aiming to get greater value and a competitive advantage from their public cloud investments. Organizations will leverage Cloud DevOps to drive efficiency, innovation, and cost savings through new cloud-native architectures and technologies, such as automation, microservice deployments, platform as a service (PaaS) infrastructure, and serverless computing, rather than treating the cloud as just another extension of their existing data centre.

Automation Takes Center Stage

Automation has risen to the top of the list as a critical facilitator in the push to embrace digital transformation, aided by a variety of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA), and other business process automation tools.

RPA and other process-based automation have accelerated since the start of COVID-19, as organizations face great pressure to do more with less and faster.

Organizations will continue to use automation tools and technologies, both on-prem and in the cloud, to optimize business operations in 2022.

Blurring of Cloud Lines

Despite the fact that cloud migration is a top priority for the majority of IT decision-makers, many companies have yet to complete the transition. While there has been a big push to the cloud, a large portion of IT infrastructure remains on-premises—an opportunity that public cloud vendors are well aware of.

Many of these on-premises systems are, understandably, linked to core revenue-generating operations. They are often constrained by regulatory compliance or technical restrictions. These workloads necessitate the highest performance levels, with no space for latency or error. Enterprises aren’t ready to risk these workloads in the public cloud.

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These inhibitors have been noticed by public cloud providers, who have responded by creating an alternate path—not to the cloud, but from the cloud. Market-branded kits are now available from all three hyperscalers. Customers can use the public cloud in almost any on-premises data centre using these solutions. This allows hyperscalers a bigger footprint in customer environments, allowing them to fully take advantage of the benefits of the public cloud while retaining excellent performance.

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Prangya Pandab is an Associate Editor with OnDot Media. She is a seasoned journalist with almost seven years of experience in the business news sector. Before joining ODM, she was a journalist with CNBC-TV18 for four years. She also had a brief stint with an infrastructure finance company working for their communications and branding vertical.