Cloud computing has seen rapid growth in recent years, and this is set to continue in the coming years. Among the major cloud trends for 2022, the dominance of hybrid cloud as the deployment model of choice is expected to drive greater cloud adoption, especially among growing SMBs.
The global public cloud computing market is growing rapidly and is estimated to reach around $495 billion in 2022. IDC predicts that the cloud market will see sustained and incremental growth in the next few years, with global spending on cloud services, hardware, and infrastructure projected to cross $1.3 trillion by 2025. This growth is largely driven by the implementation of cloud-based business processes, platforms, infrastructure, software, cloud management, and security solutions. More and more companies are migrating their existing workloads over to the cloud and also planning new projects to leverage scalable and cost-efficient infrastructure and managed services that free up internal IT resources.
Key cloud trends in 2022
1. Cloud will become the dominant technology
Cloud computing has been the most popular technology over the last few years, by a wide margin. The cloud is a catalyst for digital transformation among enterprises who need to scale fast and adopt new ways of doing business post-COVID. Cloud enables businesses to modernize processes and transform the way they operate. As an added bonus, it can help you achieve cost savings and increase agility.
It would be absolutely on the mark to say with certainty, then, that cloud computing will be the dominant technology for digital transformation, hybrid cloud, and cloud migration purposes. Cloud computing is increasingly being adopted by small and medium businesses (SMBs), that seek cost savings, flexibility, and scalability. The benefits of adopting cloud technologies for SMBs include reduced capital expenditure costs, improved operational efficiency and faster time-to-market for new services or products.
2. Cloud migration will accelerate
We will see more businesses moving workloads to the cloud and scaling up their deployments this year as they look to gain agility and security. Cloud migration will also be driven by an increased focus on cost-effective computing resources, as we have seen with the rise of public cloud pricing models over the past few years. However, this need for cost savings is likely to lead to new challenges: it’s no longer enough just to migrate workloads into the cloud; you need a solid plan for how they should be deployed and managed once they’re there.
3. The hybrid cloud approach will dominate
Hybrid cloud is a combination of on-premise and off-premise cloud computing. Hybrid clouds provide organizations with the flexibility to choose the best location for their data and applications based on their specific requirements and budgets.
The following are some benefits of using hybrid clouds:
- Cost effectiveness – Hybrid cloud solutions are cost effective because they reduce the need to invest in expensive infrastructure while allowing you to access resources when needed.
- Security – Since data is stored locally, it cannot be accessed by unauthorized users even if your network is breached by hackers or malicious insiders. In addition, if you use a private cloud service provider then you can automate tasks such as patching operating systems so that there are no security holes left open in your systems.
4. The cloud is becoming more secure than on-premise infrastructure
Cloud providers are increasingly investing in security, encryption, AI, machine learning and blockchain. These technologies help to protect data and ensure that businesses can operate safely in the cloud.
While these technologies were not originally designed as security tools they are being used as such because they provide better protection than traditional on-premise infrastructure. For example:
- Encryption is a powerful tool for protecting data at rest or in transit with minimal overhead. Microsoft uses this technology extensively throughout its products and services to protect user credentials, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information sent over the internet or stored on servers. They also use it when customers upload documents to OneDrive for Business so that only those who have been granted access can see them — even if hackers manage to steal them from Microsoft’s own servers. Other cloud providers like Google have followed suit by incorporating encryption into their offerings as well.
- AI has helped companies like Amazon develop systems which prevent bad actors from accessing customer accounts by constantly monitoring account activity patterns against patterns observed in prior instances where users had tried unsuccessfully to reset their passwords.
5. Cloud adoption will accelerate in 2022
With public cloud, businesses can take advantage of round-the-cloud availability and efficiency of systems. Public cloud networks provide the ability to scale up or down as needed, so businesses only pay for the resources they consume. Organizations are, therefore, increasingly embracing cloud computing because of the many benefits it offers, including reduced operational costs and increased flexibility. Cloud adoption will accelerate in 2022 as more companies move to the cloud and adopt hybrid cloud strategies.
In addition to these trends, organizations are also adopting cloud native applications that allow them to build new applications using microservice architectures and container technologies such as Docker or Kubernetes.
In 2021, Microsoft launched Azure Cosmos DB into public beta testing; this database service is designed to scale across multiple regions worldwide while maintaining consistent performance even when there are millions of reads per second or writes per second in a single region.
More and more businesses are adopting cloud-based solutions, and cloud infrastructure is becoming more sophisticated and reliable. We can expect to see even more businesses moving to the cloud in the coming years, as they take advantage of the many benefits it offers such as improved scalability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency. In addition, the cloud enables businesses to quickly innovate and adapt to changing market conditions. As a result, we can expect to see many exciting new developments in cloud computing in the coming years.