The importance of using the cloud in all its forms continues to grow. However, in 2022, despite ease of use, there will be greater focus on portability and connectivity, on curbing the cost of these flexible services, and on rebalancing the cloud against on-premises workloads. Here, IT leaders share their views on the direction cloud services are headed and what they can expect to change in 2022.
From the impact of a major resignation to the possibility of a cloud vendor providing their services on another public cloud, find out what these leaders are thinking.
- Cloud-native apps go to the edge: With the help of CNCF [Cloud Native Computing Foundation]Enterprises have made significant progress in adopting cloud-native technologies in public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. In 2022, organizations will express a growing interest in bringing cloud-native applications to the edge, which will benefit from improved portability and agility. However, for open source CNCF projects to work, they require broad standardization of both software and hardware. To support the transition of cloud-native applications to the edge, industry leaders in high-end software (such as Red Hat and SUSE/Rancher Labs) and high-end hardware (such as Intel and Nvidia) will step up efforts to achieve greater standardization. –Gary Ogasawara, Chief Technology Officer, Cloudian
- The ‘Great Resignation’ and a lack of IT talent will drive cloud adoptionWe are in a time of “The Great Resignation” where we are seeing employees in all roles, across professions, in all kinds of organizations around the world leaving their jobs in droves. Continuing through 2022, this workforce trend means that IT teams are feeling a talent shortage, administrators are missing out on managing legacy platforms like Active Directory, and professionals focused on Microsoft 365. As workforce shortage issues intensify, IT professionals will turn to High-quality automated solutions and cloud platforms to compensate for lost workforce because these tools require fewer IT professionals to operate and manage. We expect to see a continued rise in adoption of hybrid and multi-cloud services in 2022, with companies expecting that they can integrate their data across these environments, as well as manage spending and performance on the cloud. —Brian Patton, Principal Strategic Systems Consultant, Quest Software
- 2022 will see the first public cloud resource available on another public cloud: This will lead to an arms race to decouple the most valuable capabilities from the end-to-end service – from analytics to databases and AI/machine learning frameworks such as Natural Language Processing – but it wouldn’t be for AWS to break the seal since there is no incentive for that to do so. The net result will be good for customers as it will have the effect of accelerating the commoditization trend of cloud infrastructure and will pressure the economy across the board. —Anand Babu Periasamy, Co-Founder and CEO of MinIO
- Revisiting cloud investments and best practices in 2022: The pandemic has pressured organizations to modernize and accelerate digital transformation efforts, which has led to increased investments in cloud computing. However, every organization has unique needs and business goals – and many have learned that the cloud is not everything and the end of an organization’s success. In 2020, organizations wasted $17.6 billion on idle cloud resources and overspending on the cloud. In 2022, organizations will be assessing the implications of their cloud investments and will need to reconsider best practices for dealing with the cloud. One of the trends we expect to see is companies creating a cloud cost management team. This could be in the form of an individual from the IT/cloud/DevOps team, and in some cases, a dedicated team will be formed to focus on. When the team or individual is in place, it will be determined by the speed of cloud initiatives, architectures, and the overall project budget. —Leon Adato, Head of Geek, SolarWinds
- Storage will become increasingly important in the workplace: As data grows – in size and importance – the use of on-premises storage will expand in parallel, growing into an indispensable infrastructure for a variety of reasons including, security, performance, organization, cost and latency. On-premises warehousing will serve all of these critical needs, while cold and warm warehousing moves to the cloud. We will see continued advancement and innovation in the computing and storage sector in the workplace, as well as innovation on the edge driven by the need for 5G base stations, autonomous driving, and associated costs. It would be impossible to store all this data in the cloud. –Hao Zhong, CEO and co-founder of ScaleFlux
- The marriage of cloud computing and edge computing: It is no longer an edge or a cloud. Expect to see stronger synergies between cloud computing and edge computing that will increase real-time decision making and operational efficiency. —Tobi Kanup, CEO of D2iQ
- Hybrid (everything) is here to stay: Hybrid solutions are not about compromising between approaches, but about integrating their strengths. A hybrid vehicle combines the torque of an electric motor with the ability of a combustion engine to maintain high speeds. As we emerge from the pandemic, hybrid work models that blend home and office will be the norm for many businesses. In 2022, more business leaders will realize the advantages of hybrid models in cloud data and analytics. –Oliver Schappenberger, Chief Innovation Officer, SingleStore
- Multi-cloud infrastructure will become the normWith the near-universal acceptance of cloud computing as an essential component of today’s IT infrastructures, companies will move away from thinking of only one cloud for their cloud needs. Despite the added complexity of running different workloads in different clouds, the multi-cloud model will enable companies to choose cloud offerings that are best suited to their individual application environments, availability needs, and business requirements. Concerns about the ability to meet 99.99% of SLAs in the cloud for business-critical applications will drive companies to implement advanced solutions for application availability and disaster recovery. —Casius Rowe, Vice President, Customer Experience, SiOS Technology
- Hybrid cloud is a reality and multi-cloud strategy is a no-brainer: We’ve already seen a hybrid cloud strategy with many data centers and public cloud providers emerging as the standard for large organizations as the suite of operational tools continues to evolve and simplify cloud migrations. In 2022, we will see organizations grow their digital footprint by embracing a hybrid and multi-cloud model to enjoy the flexibility and agility of the cloud, while maintaining tight control over the data they own. Cloud vendors will continue to innovate and compete with disparate capabilities in network connectivity and physical infrastructure improvements because organizations do not want to be locked out. –Haoyuan Li, founder and CEO of Alluxio
- The value of the multi-cloud will be challenged: Almost all organizations are now embracing multi-cloud, but it’s still hard for teams to figure out AWS, GCP, and And The skills gap makes multicloud work well unrealistic. To get the most out of the cloud, you need to dig into and embed core services rather than building things in general. Companies will need to assess whether the economics of investing in more than one cloud is critical to their long-term survival. – Asim Razak, CEO of Yotascale
- A large-scale software supply chain attack will disrupt the main cloud computing service: As organizations add more SaaS and IaaS providers to their technology suite, the impact of cyber attacks on centralized cloud services will have a broader impact. In 2022, we will see cybercriminals taking advantage of misconfigured SaaS APIs to exploit private data on an unprecedented scale. This will hack a large distribution of core software code and affect thousands of organizations around the world. –Josh Ricard, Security Solutions Architect, Swimline