Top Cloud Computing Trends Shaping Our IT Landscape in 2022 – CRN

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By Indrajeet Ghorpade – Managing Director – Technical Services at Rahi Systems

The years 2020 and 2021 have witnessed a “data explosion”, there has been an exponential increase in the generation and storage of data as work has become virtual and companies have adopted digital services. 2022 will see not only rapid cloud deployments for specific applications, but a complete overhaul of enterprise systems encompassing migration to the cloud.

According to a survey conducted by Forbes, 83% of enterprise workload will be stored in the cloud by the end of 2021. The current shared cloud model is less flexible in terms of control, but it offers ease access and high security. 94% of companies experienced a significant improvement in security after migrating to the cloud, according to Salesforce.

Increasing the best of public and private cloud environments with hybrid cloud will remain a major trend from 2021. Cloud has become the most efficient data storage and application management solution. It allowed organizations to focus on their core services. This article highlights the continuous innovation and advancements in cloud computing infrastructure identified by cloud experts at Rahi.

  1. The Rise of Serverless Cloud Computing

Cloud service providers like Amazon (AWS Lambda), IBM Cloud Function, and Microsoft Azure Functions offer serverless cloud computing services. A relatively new concept, serverless cloud is gaining traction as it provides a true pay-as-you-go service and users do not need to pay a fixed amount for storage or rent a server.

Serverless technology does not imply the absence of servers; servers are present, but users only use them without going into configurations and technical details. Also known as Functions as a Service, it can be used by startups and small businesses to rapidly scale their business by leveraging serverless architectural solutions with minimal capital investment.

Serverless infrastructure is infinitely scalable and spending is driven only by consumption, allowing businesses to pay for the exact cloud services they use. According to Mordor Intelligence, the serverless computing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 23.17% during the year 2021-2026.

  1. Cloud Security – The race for the cloud must be highly secure

According to IDG, 92% of organizations host their IT infrastructure in the cloud, 55% use multiple cloud systems, and 21% of organizations use 3 or more cloud systems. This exponential growth in cloud adoptions has created a new vulnerability for malicious actors to compromise IT systems. Cybercrime has seen a sharp increase of 630% in the January to April period alone.

The recent breach in which over one million email addresses were exposed by GoDaddy customers shows that cloud security is critical and requires a proactive approach to closing system blind spots. According to AllCloud’s Cloud Infrastructure Report, 28% of respondents consider security as one of the most important criteria when selecting the cloud service provider. The cloud provides the flexibility and operational efficiency an organization needs to easily grow and scale, but at the same time, it opens a gateway for cybercriminals through multiple entry points.

A major trend to counter cloud-based security issues is the use of Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB). CASBs are cloud-based security enforcement points placed between the cloud user and the service provider. It can be on-premises or cloud-based security policy enforcement points and consolidates multiple security enforcement measures. More than 50% of organizations do not have an appropriate security framework for their cloud applications. Cloud adoptions have seen a huge leap, cloud security is next.

  1. The cloud goes green – with sustainable infrastructure

According to CDP Global, climate change will cost global businesses $1.3 trillion by 2026. The cloud significantly reduces energy consumption among users, as the physical IT infrastructure is managed by the colocation facility providing cloud services. Maximum power consumption is due to the “always on” infrastructure, powerful compute engines, massive digital storage requirements, and more.

Out of 9 consideration factors, 80% of consumers cite sustainability as the most crucial when selecting a service provider. A wider audience is emerging that wants their brand ethos to align with the values ​​of service providers. With 44% of CEOs predicting a net zero future, it is now increasingly important to get the most out of highly efficient cloud operations. Adopting a public cloud reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 59 MT per year. Seeing the impact of the cloud on sustainability, this will be a very important trend in 2022 and beyond.

Tech giants around the world will focus on net zero in 2022, Amazon – the biggest cloud service provider is also the biggest buyer of renewable energy resources for its data centers. Going green is more of an environmental necessity than just a trend to follow. Businesses around the world are relying on the cloud for most of their operations, with advanced digital transformation. Rahi’s cloud experts are constantly evolving to bring the best of the cloud to your IT infrastructure.

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