Cloud Computing Trends

It seems hard to believe but the last quarter of 2022 is almost upon us and now is as good a time as any to look at what is shaping the cloud computing industry in 2022 and beyond. If you have not jumped on board the cloud computing train then believe me when I say it is only a matter of time. As per Gartner, 95% of new workloads will be deployed on the cloud by 2025. So what are the key cloud computing trends that will dominate the industry this year and beyond ? Lets take a look

Cloud Security will continue to dominate

I am biased as you know towards the importance of cloud security but there is no doubt this is one of the major trends that will continue. With the rapid adoption of cloud features, cyber-security pros have been left scrambling to up-skill and learn how security works in the cloud. Cloud based risks are also the top reason stopping large scale cloud adoption. As far as cloud computing trends go, Cloud Security will remain at the very top.

In addition to risk mitigation, technologies like Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) will see increase adoption. SASE tools combine technologies like Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB), Zero Trust, Networking security into a single servcie consumed over the cloud. It provides companies an excellent way to manage and control access spread across multiple endpoints.

Look for a detailed post on SASE technologies coming soon.

Cloud Computing Trends – Hybrid / Multi-cloud

Hybrid / Multi-cloud is a reality which companies are struggling to cope up with. Along with the skill challenges that come with managing different environments, there is also the issue of visibility across a large attack surface. Implementing of Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) solutions to gain a single unified dashboard and movement toward security as code will help CISOs sleep better at night. However the key challenge which I keep stressing is making sure the cyber-security teams have the required skills and knowledge to manage these environments. No amount of 3rd party tooling can stop the monster that is human error !

Cloud Computing Trends – Serverless

The serverless model in which no infrastructure has to be managed and only code needs to be deployed is a dream come true for CIOs. While not practical for every type of application, the lure of not worrying about infrastructure or the underlying platform can be too tempting and the rise of serverless will continue in 2022 and beyond. Serverless is no longer something which only tech startups will use and companies of all sizes are going to be adopting it. Security professionals will need to accept the fact that a large part of their security responsiblit8y will shift to the cloud provider and security as code will become a mandatory skill.

AI will continue to thrive on the Cloud

AI is having a transformative effect on all industries with governments and companies everywhere investing billions into the industry. The market itself is expected to reach around USD 850 billion in the coming years which is mind blowing ! The cloud will continue to be preferred playground for AI due to the amount of computing power and data storage that machine learning platforms require. Also the big names in cloud like AWS have services like SageMaker which make the process of deploying machine learning models in the cloud a breeze ! This is not taking into account other services like speech and image recognition which are natively available. The cloud levels the AI playing field for both startups and huge Fortune 500s.

The future is bright for the cloud

The Cloud has a bright future ahead with technologies like Quantum computing and the Metaverse lined up to take advantage of these platforms. The days of 100% on-prem infrastructure are numbered and IT Professionals should start getting cloud literate today to stay relevant in this new and exciting world