As part of APMdigest's list of 2022 predictions, industry experts offer thoughtful and insightful predictions on how Cloud will evolve and impact business in 2022.
CLOUD SERVICES MOVE UP STACK
Public cloud will not only become even more dominant, but the sophistication of the services they provide will increase and move "up stack," focusing on end-user experience and out-of-the-box usability rather than previous primitives that required experts to knit raw components together. Think of more complete solutions rather than just a bag of tools.
Director of Product Marketing, PagerDuty
CLOUD PROVIDERS OFFER OPENTELEMETRY
Cloud providers will begin to integrate OpenTelemetry into their managed service offerings, giving developers the ability to easily understand, profile, and tune their cloud native applications. We'll see more performance tools start to integrate cloud spend as a useful annotation, bringing FinOps into the performance landscape.
Principal Developer Advocate , Lightstep
CLOUD PROVIDERS DELIVER METRICS
Cloud providers will begin to not only show metrics and logs, but also suggest baselines and success metrics based on their growing insight into medians and averages across their customer bases. With a large percentage of modern organizations running on the same infrastructure — whether it be AWS or Google Cloud — there's a rapidly growing collection of data that can be leveraged to help companies learn from one another.
CEO and Co-Founder, Kintaba
Organizations will embrace redundancy to mitigate continuing outages: Massive web outages and regional disasters will continue to take both public cloud and private datacenters offline in 2022. To mitigate this threat, organizations will increasingly seek redundancy for mission critical apps by deploying in multiple public clouds and leveraging private clouds. The tools to run modern apps — such as Kubernetes and other container-based technologies — interchangeably in the cloud or on-prem are maturing rapidly, providing new options for optimizing workload placement to ensure availability.
CLOUD BACKUP AND RECOVERY
Enterprises' mass shift to the cloud during the pandemic has also come at a time when escalating cybersecurity and climate crises are putting data at greater risk than ever before. As a result, there's an urgent need for businesses to prioritize effective cloud backup and disaster recovery in 2022. Too many downtime incidents have made headlines in the past year, with companies like Facebook losing tens of millions of dollars due to outages. Backup and DR are imperative for these companies to ensure application performance and uptime.
MOVING BACK TO PRIVATE CLOUD
Tech Savvy Organizations Are Beginning to Repatriate from the Public Cloud — The public cloud is alive and well and is not going anywhere; in fact, I predict it will grow 10-20x over the next decade. However, large, tech-savvy organizations are becoming much more judicious in how they use the cloud and will increasingly repatriate from their "all in cloud" stance. We'll start to see this shift happening in 2022. In much the same way that enterprises have embraced open source software and have opted to do it themselves, tech-savvy companies are beginning to realize they can run their own private cloud better and just use the public cloud for specific use cases such as usage bursts. Bank of America is one significant example of how a company can use private cloud to lower its IT costs, and I expect more large organizations will explore similar private cloud uses.
CTO and Co-Founder, Kong
CREATING CLOUD-LIKE ENVIRONMENTS ON-PREM
Instead of migrating legacy apps to the cloud, organizations will create cloud-like environments on prem: Containers and cloud-native storage technologies have created new paths to building private cloud infrastructure. Now organizations can get the benefits of public cloud at less cost, with greater control, and with the option to extend infrastructure to the edge. Gartner projects that 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside centralized data centers or the cloud by 2025, driving new requirements for data management and analytics at the edge. The private cloud will give organizations new options for deploying modern applications, allowing them to make workload placement decisions on economic grounds rather than a one-size-fits-all rush to the cloud.
HYBRID AND MULTI-CLOUD REQUIRES HORIZONTAL APPROACH
Horizontal investments across organizations must become a priority for a successful transition to cloud-based infrastructures. When investing in new IT infrastructures, IT leaders typically build up their modernization programs "vertically" within each department. However, this creates a gap between teams, as each is operating in separate models and functionalities — driving up unnecessary costs and inefficient business practices. Looking towards 2022, IT leaders will be focused on successfully aligning their hybrid and multi-cloud initiatives for increased operational efficiency. In doing so, more must lean towards a "horizontal" approach, uprooting traditional processes across all departments, and deploying cloud-native tools on a wider organizational scale to reduce time and stress.
VP of Product Management, Itential
CLOUD MANAGEMENT TEAM
In 2022, organizations will evaluate the implications of their cloud investments and will need to revisit best practices for engaging with the cloud. One trend we expect to see is businesses putting in place a team to manage cloud costs. This may be in the form of an individual from the IT/cloud/DevOps team, and in some cases, a dedicated team will be formed to focus on it. When the team or individual is put in place will be determined by the velocity of cloud initiatives, architectures, and overall budget for the project.
Head Geek, SolarWinds
CENTRAL MANAGEMENT OF THE EDGE
Managing thousands of edge sites, deploying applications, troubleshooting, and upgrading are complex operations, requiring multiple products and integration services that make edge clouds prohibitively expensive and difficult. There will be a trend towards the simplified central management of edge sites in 2022, with more and more companies implementing a single point of control and management in order to greatly reduce the cost and effort needed for edge infrastructure and application operations.
The Marriage of Cloud and Edge
While both edge and cloud computing have been the subject of prediction discussions for years, we can expect to see a marriage between the two technologies driving better decision-making and operational efficiency in 2022. Organizations will marry the real-time capabilities of edge with the limitless scale and endless storage in the cloud. Accelerated digital transformations have led to more distributed IT infrastructures, requiring further support at the edge, while the computing power of the cloud is needed to advance artificial intelligence and machine learning. Combining both cloud computing and edge computing enables organizations to more quickly adjust and execute strategies in response to market and competitive changes. Having real time data from the edge as well as the historical data from the cloud will enable more intelligent decision making and more seamless operations.
Co-Founder and CEO, D2iQ
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