The importance of the cloud in all of its forms continues to rise. Despite the simplicity of use, in 2022, a greater emphasis will be placed on portability and connection, cost containment of these elastic services, and a rebalancing of cloud versus on-prem workloads.
Businesses are expected to witness a shift in focus away from deploying cloud tools and platforms to better a single function and toward more holistic strategies centered on enterprise-wide cloud migration.
According to Fredrik Forslund, Blancco’s Vice President of Cloud and Data Center Erasure, here are some cloud and data center forecasts for 2022.
Global chip shortage
The pandemic continues to wreak havoc, causing product shortages and supply chain slowdowns. In addition, a global semiconductor shortage has impacted nearly every product that requires sensors, including cars, PCs, tablets, and games consoles. Industry experts predict the chip shortage is anticipated to continue well into 2022, which will cause prices to rise. We believe the companies that are struggling with replacing end-of-life equipment will find creative workarounds to alleviate the challenges caused by shortages, including purchasing used or remanufactured equipment and/or extending the life of existing devices with hardware warranties. We expect that as enterprises look to employ more sustainable models, this chip shortage will act as a catalyst for greater circular economy engagement in 2022. We anticipate this will continue next year. We also predict more organizations will consider moving a larger percentage of their workloads to the cloud and leverage newer solutions such as virtual desktops (VDI) which allow users to run PCs in the cloud.
Data centers will remain the core of any infrastructure
Although we start seeing more data, apps, or users outside the data center than inside, it will continue to and should remain the primary location of your critical information and the core of any infrastructure. Fredrik believes that no matter if it’s a private, hybrid, or public cloud data center, no data should ever leave a data center under any circumstances. You should also never leave data you no longer need in it, or if you do remove an asset from a data center such as drives, you need to make sure it has been erased first. It’s not only critical from a security perspective but from a sustainability one too. The explosion of data means the environmental impact of storing it is only going to get greater. According to Dr. Patrick Bresnihan of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, data centers could use 70% of Ireland’s electricity by 2030. In 2022, we, therefore, expect to see more data center consolidation from sustainability as well as a manageability and security point of view where smaller, older data centers will be migrated into more modern and energy-efficient ones.
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Enterprises go from sustainability rule breakers to rule-makers
Fredrik assumes that tackling the climate crisis is now a global imperative for all enterprises. The COP26 climate conference made some progress on addressing climate change, with the signing of the Glasgow Climate Pact to consign the use of coal to history. However, we are still some way off in achieving the target of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5C. In 2022, we will see enterprises set clear plans and outline strategies for how they are doing more to prevent climate change. Enterprises will become rule makers, setting a precedent for more sustainable, greener business operations, with net-zero pledges and greater engagement with the circular economy. Enterprises will start to interrogate their practices at every level to understand how they can go carbon neutral and reduce their impact on the environment. IT will play a critical role in driving this change, through the circular economy and by encouraging the reuse and refurbishment of IT equipment to minimize the impact of the manufacturing of devices and electronics. “E-waste has gone quietly under the radar for too many years, and in 2022, addressing this now fastest-growing global waste stream will become an enterprise priority”, adds Fredrik.