Top Cloud Trends to Watch in 2022

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With the COVID-19 pandemic, cloud technology has witnessed widespread popularity and embracement. The pandemic forced every industrial sector to utilize cloud and digital services. In fact, the pandemic made organizations accelerate their digital transformation journey and find new productive ways of working, which overall triggered the culture of hybridized and remote workforces.

Without any doubt, we can say that the year 2022 is again going to experience rapid and widespread growth and adoption of cloud computing and other technologies. However, the year 2022 is expected to focus more on shifting from cloud deployment to a more strategic organization-wide cloud migration. Moreover, we will probably witness new advancements in data and cloud infrastructure. So, what exactly are the top cloud trends in 2022? Let's list out a few of them!

5 Top Cloud Trends in 2022

Owing to the key role cloud technology is playing today, we can expect a lot from it. Below are the top 5 future trends in the cloud that you will most likely experience in 2022:

1.      Hybrid Cloud Model

While conducting cloud migration, organizations mostly have two choices, i.e., they can either pick instantly accessible public cloud services or pick private cloud services. However, another cloud model named "Hybrid Cloud" is becoming more and more popular with every passing day mainly due to the active involvement of the biggest cloud providers, such as Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM, in the hybrid model. Hybrid cloud possesses both public and private cloud capabilities. For example, an organization that implements hybrid cloud model stores less sensitive (but continuously accessible) data on public servers, while it stores more sensitive data on private servers with proper access control.

There are a lot of organizations that have crossed the initial cloud adoption phase and are now looking for advanced use cases. However, doing so has made many organizations find themselves in a complex multi-cloud environment with services from many different platforms. Therefore, one of the other key reasons behind hybrid cloud popularity is that it decreases the multi-cloud complexity and turns the focus towards a more streamlined user experience.

2.      Low Code / No Code

As mentioned above, the focus of organizations is now towards organization-wide cloud migration. This means that there is a need for more collaboration between IT and business bodies for designing effective cloud-native solutions. Owing to that, we can see the growing popularity of low code / no code tools, thereby making it easy for non-technical employees to use such tools.

For example, Kubernetes orchestration is one well-established trend in the cloud world. Owing to being an open-source orchestrator, Kubernetes is now considered a standard for managing container-based applications. This implies that we will experience more frequent participation of Kubernetes in assisting with deployment models developed in an ecosystem where both traditional and cloud infrastructures coexist.

3.      Serverless Cloud

Another potential trend in cloud technology is the growing concept of serverless cloud or also called functions-as-a-service. A serverless cloud empowers organizations to avoid paying fixed amounts for the storage or bandwidth they use. You can consider it as a "pay-as-you-go" model where the cloud infrastructure gets scaled up/down invisibly based on the demand from the application.

Serverless cloud does not imply "no servers". There will be servers, but this time there will be an additional layer between users and service, thereby making users free from any technicalities. In short, the serverless cloud is a new hot topic in the cloud computing world today and will be a point of discussion in 2022.

4.      AI in Cloud

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cloud technology have a strong bond where the former powers cloud and manage data, while the latter assists in the delivery of AI services. Moreover, cloud technology makes AI available for a broader consumer base. For example, cloud computing helps small-scale businesses to benefit from AI-based business services and ML functions conveniently.

There is no doubt in accepting the mutual relationship between AI and the cloud. Today organizations are actively using AI and cloud combined to get the most out of them. So, the year 2022 will experience more development and enhancements in the AI and cloud.

5.      Sustainability with Cloud Infrastructure

Organizations do know the key role they have to play in addressing the concerning climate issue. If we talk about tech companies, then efforts in this perspective are related to reducing energy consumptions associated with their computing engines, large data storage needs, and always-on infrastructure.

Therefore, another trend we will witness is an increase in spending of tech companies to achieve sustainability with net-zero carbon emissions from their side. In order to achieve it, investments will focus on renewable resources and more rapid adoption of new cloud infrastructure.

Conclusion

Although cloud technology is not a new thing, it is expanding violently over the past few years. Gartner predicts that global spending around cloud services will touch $482 billion by 2022 compared to $313 billion in 2020. From software development and social media to IoT and cars infrastructure, cloud computing infrastructure is the backbone in all cases. Therefore, we can conclude that the cloud future is shiny and that the advancements around the cloud are just beginning now.

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