Cloud computing has proven to be one of the most important technological advancements of our time. By definition, cloud computing involves hosting your files and programs online, instead of on your own computer or hardware devices, allowing you to access them at any time and from anywhere in the world. As more and more people transition their files and programs into the cloud, it becomes more important than ever to discuss some of the biggest cloud computing trends that will emerge in 2022.
Moving Beyond Virtualization
From having to switch to cloud computing, most major businesses have become dependent on it. The advantages of moving your IT infrastructure to a public or private cloud provider are numerous: You gain access to better hardware and software, you can replace IT personnel with outsourced cloud services, and you’ll likely spend less money overall than if you tried doing everything in-house. However, from all indications we’re rapidly approaching an inflection point an evolutionary moment when it will no longer be enough for businesses just to outsource their operations and instead must also figure out how best to integrate that outsourced infrastructure into existing tools and processes.
Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
NFV isn’t going anywhere in 2022, and neither is its connection to cloud computing skills. As companies and consumers alike become more aware of how they can take advantage of NFV technology to make better use of their infrastructure, expect demand for both cloud providers and service providers to increase. On top of that, expect additional security advancements in cloud technology over time. Data encryption is already a big deal in cloud storage; as more people look for ways to keep their information safe, expect security encryption levels to increase over time as well. This will give businesses even more reason to migrate IT services into data centers hosted by cloud services that have built-in protections against any potential problems or breaches.
Blockchain as a Service (BaaS)
This type of cloud service has seen an increase in popularity in recent years and is projected to continue growing. As blockchain-based applications become more widely used, BaaS will continue to be a very popular option. Thanks to its inclusion of many different blockchains and wallets, it can help streamline your processes. It could also make it easier for your organization to jump on board with blockchain technology without requiring too much risk. With BaaS, you’ll have access to blockchain technology that you can deploy whenever you want and if you decide that it’s not for you, your information will remain secure even after you’ve canceled service. It’s a flexible solution that could ultimately be integrated into any system or platform already in place within your company.
A key trend in cloud computing is a shift toward a multi-cloud strategy. Multi-cloud companies are now looking at which cloud services work best for their needs and deploying workloads across clouds, depending on which service is best for each workload. One driving factor behind multi-cloud adoption is that enterprise IT departments have realized that having all of their data stored in one cloud provider leaves them vulnerable to network disruptions, data loss and other problems when there’s an outage or security threat. But adopting a multi-cloud strategy also means avoiding vendor lock-in, so you can easily transfer your data from one provider to another without making any changes to your infrastructure or applications.
Containers in the Cloud
Containers, which offer greater flexibility and portability than virtual machines, are one of biggest trends in cloud computing today. And by 2022 we expect them to become even more popular. We see three key reasons for that: first, containers will play a critical role in making applications work seamlessly across multiple clouds; second, containers will help cloud providers be more competitive with each other; and third, they’ll make it easier for enterprises to adopt best-of-breed tools and services. The result? More speed, agility and choice for both cloud users and vendors alike.