Cloud computing underwent an explosion in popularity throughout 2021. A lot of this can be attributed to a shift in working practices, with more operations migrating to a purely virtual landscape. In 2022, cloud computing is once again primed for new advancements and innovations. Below, we explore five of the most interesting cloud trends to watch out for in the year ahead.
1. More organizations move to control cloud spending
Cloud revenues are expected to soar considerably in 2022, with more businesses than ever turning to external providers to provide them with cloud storage solutions. This is almost certain to lead to an increased incidence of overspending on cloud storage. Many businesses struggle to monitor cloud expenditure, with second-rate cloud management systems in place.
Expect to see more organizations take charge of cloud spending in 2022. For businesses, cloud cost optimization is sure to become a key internal concern. Meanwhile, service providers are likely to adapt to changing apetites by offering revised billing models.
2. More companies will choose multi-cloud services
Many large businesses embrace the multi-cloud model, with partnerships with several individual vendors. This approach has several key benefits. For starters, utilizing more than one cloud environment almost guarantees zero downtime. Furthermore, some organizations are forced to adopt a multi-cloud strategy in order to meet compliance regulations and mitigate risk. Other businesses use the multi-cloud model as a way of accessing unique solutions from individual vendors. By the end of 2022, it’s estimated that more than 90% of enterprise businesses will be utilizing a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud model.
3. The rise of specialist service providers
Long gone are the days of storage-centric cloud providers. As we move deeper into 2022 and beyond, expect more third-party vendors tailoring services to the exacting demands of individual clients. Although tiered pricing models are likely to remain, more vendors than ever before will likely be prepared to provide tailored solutions as standard.
However, the all-in-one model is also likely a thing of the past. Historically, many third-party vendors tried to take charge of just about everything relating to cloud computing. Going forward, expect to see more external partners emerging that will cater to cloud-adjacent services, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning technology, and more.
4. Serverless Cloud solutions
As a concept, the serverless cloud is still in its infancy. However, with heavy hitters like Amazon and Microsoft throwing considerable investment behind it, expect to see serverless cloud solutions become more mainstream in the next 12 months. Despite the name, serverless clouds still utilize an actual server. The concept simply means that enterprises aren’t locked into rigid lease agreements or fixed-amount contracts.
5. The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Cloud computing and artificial intelligence have long been intertwined. Artificial intelligence is now a staple of everyday life and depends on cloud-based data to fulfill its objectives. We may be a long way off from the singularity, but artificial intelligence is set to evolve in exciting new ways in 2022. Creative algorithms are one such innovation. These algorithms are particularly interesting as they’ll help train the next generation of AIs. Meanwhile, language modeling is also set to undergo rapid advancements over the next year or so. Cloud computing will be crucial to all of this.
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