With each year new trends come and go. However, the Cloud is one of the few technologies that is meant to stay—perhaps indefinitely. It is resilient, flexible, and in recent years it has proven to be highly beneficial for business continuity, cost efficiency, and scalability. While many organizations depend on the cloud there are still plenty who are hesitant. Both the cloud adopters and those who have not taken this important step should be aware of the trends in cloud enablement for the coming year.
What is cloud enablement and why do many companies invest in it?
Cloud enablement may be an unfamiliar term to some. It is the process of developing, deploying, and operating an organization’s IT infrastructure resources and services on the cloud environment. Cloud enablement shifts the on-premises IT setup to public, private, or hybrid cloud environments. Cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure deliver the required cloud space, tools, and technologies to their end-users.
Trends in cloud enablement
Because the cloud is a journey and not a destination, organizations and enterprises should be mindful of the trends in 2022.
- Edge Computing
Over the next three years, buyers will shift their cloud strategies toward the edge to capture all this innovation and become more connected,” Forrester predicts.
This is the process of distributing IT architecture (computing framework) in order to bring enterprise applications closer to the data sources such as IoT devices or local edge servers. Data preparation takes place at the edge of the organization and the distributed computing network is enhanced. The close proximity between the data and its source results in several business benefits such as deriving quick insights, improving response times, and increasing bandwidth availability. Organizations need to be ready to take advantage of edge computing to receive, organize, and process their data into valuable insights.
- Hybrid and Multi-Cloud
Denodo Cloud Survey 2021 states that 35.8 percent of all global organizations deployed workloads in a ‘hybrid’ cloud infrastructure in the past year.
Businesses have multiple IT needs for which they adopt cloud services, especially the “cloud-first approach.” Since the dependency on the cloud is higher than ever, cloud service providers offer different cloud services such as private and public cloud. Because the public and private cloud are sometimes too constraining to cope with the business needs cloud providers introduced the hybrid cloud. A hybrid cloud offers greater flexibility and has been consistently the most preferred choice recently as organizations migrate their workloads to the cloud. Another important consideration is that many enterprises and organizations do not want to depend on one cloud vendor. Rather, they have embraced multi-cloud services that cater to the needs of each business and every platform. This can result in the redundancy of data, but many organizations prefer a multi-cloud environment to avoid dependency on a single cloud provider. It can ensure business continuity and each cloud provider offers different cloud services to choose from.
- Artificial Intelligence Engineering
Gartner’s Top Strategic Technology Trends report states that organizations need to have a reliable artificial intelligence engineering strategy to reduce or remove the chance of project failures.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning play a significant role in cloud computing systems and alleviate the need for skilled resources and large budgets. AI engineering also helps cloud computing to increase the availability of advanced toolsets which is an important requirement for many organizations. AI engineering and machine learning keep data centers up and running resulting in enhanced efficiency and reduced human resources. AI engineering strategies such as AI algorithms help to handle and monitor projects which will eventually facilitate performance, scalability, interpretability, and reliability.
- Internet of Behaviors (IoB)
The global market of IoT is expected to reach up to 1.6 trillion by 2025 says the latest report by Statista. Organizations will continue to invest in IoT at a rapid pace.
IoT is one of the most notable cloud computing trends in recent times. Fresh studies and market research demonstrate that IoT spending will grow annually at 26.7%. The latest technology twist in the world of IoT is the Internet of Behavior (IoB) which can be simply put as the collection and analysis of behavioral data of the user. The advent of IoB is mainly to interpret the gathered data and apply that knowledge to develop and deliver a better user experience (UX) from a behavioral psychology perspective. This can include search experience optimization (SXO). Since IoB can collect, analyze, and provide valuable insights on customer behaviour and interests, organizations and enterprises are looking at it for marketing and sales applications. In addition to interpreting customer behavior patterns, IoB is capable of forecasting trends. This can result in business actions that can increase market share, customer retention, and revenue. Business leaders are already developing IoB applications that are intelligent enough to be useful for both the organization and customers.
About 75% of enterprises worldwide will use containerized applications in production by 2022 says the latest research.
Microservices-based architecture has replaced most of the monolithic legacy applications, especially as many have realised that the cloud is an excellent destination for modern workloads. However, to perform well microservice-based systems require containerization and orchestration platforms such as Docker and Google’s Kubernetes to control them. Predictably containerized applications are being developed at an unprecedented rate within the enterprise. These advanced containers share the advantages of virtual machines which gather self-contained operating systems in order to offer a seamless, predictable software performance across multiple devices. Lower hardware and maintenance costs ensue, as do better application version control, team productivity, operational efficiency, and cloud storage consistency.
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