Cloud Native, Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud: 3 Protagonists of 2022
As work became remote and companies adapted to the pandemic by focusing on digital service delivery, cloud computing grew by leaps and bounds in 2020 and 2021. This year will see a steady evolution of its growth and adoption.
Just as the protagonists thus far were cloud-based tools and platforms, in 2022, we’re going to see the development of more holistic strategies focused on cloud migration at the business level. How to make the most of this year’s trends?
According to Gartner predictions, worldwide spending on cloud services will exceed USD 470 billion in 2022, compared to the USD 408 billion spent last year.
“There’s no business strategy without a cloud strategy. Adoption and interest in public cloud continues to grow unabated as organizations pursue a cloud-first policy to incorporate new workloads.”
Source: Milind Govekar, VP at Gartner.
New digital experiences
Cloud infrastructure enables social networking and entertainment in streaming, while it also enables new digital experiences, such as mobile payment systems, connected cars and autonomous Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure.
Thus, the accelerated digitization and virtualization of organizations brings with it three major trends: cloud-native applications, multi-cloud environments and hybrid cloud. What do they consist of?
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These are microservice-based applications. Multiple intertwined features and capabilities enable enterprises to increase efficiency and agility.
By 2025, over 95% of new digital workloads are expected to be deployed
Cloud-native applications are positioned as the future of software development, as they reduce upgrade costs and streamline the work of developers. That’s possible thanks to Infrastructure as Code (IaC) services, that automate IT infrastructure management. Therefore, going cloud-native isn’t just about adopting new technologies, but also involves a cultural and operational change.
According to IDC, cloud-developed applications will have a global investment of more than $1 trillion by 2025, with a major increase in the number of Low-Code applications. The IDC FutureScape:Worldwide Cloud 2022 Predictions study warns that, by 2023, 60% of new applications will be developed on Low-Code platforms.
It refers to environments where applications are deployed across two or more public cloud services. Leading organizations are moving toward a single consolidated vendor-independent multi-cloud integration platform that can automatically connect any system to any other, regardless of the underlying infrastructure.
Both the insurance and telecommunications industries plan to have 11.4 clouds by 2023. Nowadays, companies in all industries typically use about 8 clouds from multiple vendors.
These types of platforms intelligently monitor integrations and correct any issues that may arise. They can also automatically address changes in multi-cloud environments, such as changing regions within a cloud service vendor or migrating to a different one. So, in addition to saving costs and enhancing performance, these environments stand out for their security.
Since companies began migrating to the cloud, they’ve had two options: using pay-as-you-go public cloud solutions or more custom and flexible private cloud solutions. These days, companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and IBM (the largest cloud service vendors) are expanding their deployment of hybrid models that offer the best of both worlds.
The global hybrid cloud market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21% between 2021 and 2026.
Source: Mordor Intelligence
Data that needs to be accessed quickly and frequently can be kept on public servers, while more sensitive data can be stored on private servers to monitor access. By streamlining processes and providing flexibility, the hybrid cloud allows companies to better and more efficiently control which resources they will keep in which cloud.
The three big trends of 2022 broaden the horizon for organizations, make it possible to create new user experiences and maximize the accessibility of innovation. The transition to a 100% cloud future has already begun.