There’s simply so much more to the cloud than a powerful storage solution.
It provides a unique platform for your business to innovate solutions that enable you to leverage your data. It also focuses on enabling your business to adapt and facilitate a more service-oriented approach for your clients. This allows you to scale up in pursuit of expanding your business models, processes, core competencies and goals without sacrificing agility.
2021 proved to be a defining year for the cloud as like the year before it, cloud took the center stage in facilitating work solutions and ensuring continuity. It enabled businesses of all scales to merge their existing organizational processes with cloud solutions to provide room for flexibility amidst our battle against COVID-19.
As more companies compete in a new environment, the cloud has now become an essential aspect to unlocking potential and growth. In a cloud-based world, organizations are now seeking ways to gain a competitive edge with the plethora of advantages that cloud services can offer.
Here, we round up 10 Cloud Computing Trends to look out for in 2022 which we believe can help you and your team understand your cloud capabilities and maximize your potential for growth.
Sustainability on the cloud
2021 has taught us again that consumers no longer just view a business as a catalog of goods or services. It is more of an embodiment of values and consumers will see through that. Your approach to sustainability can be a factor that customers will look at. There was a study in 2020 which indicated that 60% of consumers identify sustainability as the most important factor they consider when supporting a brand. Cloud migrations will reduce carbon dioxide emission by up to 59 million tons a year! That’s like having 22 million less cars on the highway.
This is an emerging cloud trend which involves creating localized data centers for storage and computation at a place near where they are needed. This improves the deployment and running of a vast number of applications while at the same time, offsets the load on the cloud. Instead of relying on a complex and centralized network, what you get is locally managed computing. What this means for you is less latency issues associated with communicating with a central server. This means a higher level of information security for businesses that need heightened privacy. Edge computing will be pegged to be essential in harnessing the power of these technologies.
93% of businesses have built up a multi-cloud strategy. While businesses do not have to make the sudden switch from on-premises to multi-vendor deployments, as the bigger bulk of work migrates, different industries will become more sensitive to the requirements of different processes. You will have to tailor fit your cloud capabilities to your cloud requirements.
As a Service
Utilizing the cloud as a service can impact your business goals by keeping up with customer demand. As organizations continue to adjust to hybrid work environments, applications will continue to expand and modernize old school applications. For example, the Platform as a Service (PaaS) market is expected to grow 26.6% this year in response to COVID-19 as more employees demand access to efficient, high-performing and scalable infrastructure to perform their duties. The Software as a Services (SaaS) market is one of the most common cloud service offerings. It now contributes $20 billion to quarterly revenues of software vendors, a figure expected to rise by 32% each year.
We understand that security and compliance risk are the tallest barriers to realizing the benefits of the cloud. This is why generating actionable insights on different platforms entails a proactive and sensitive approach. Security is a strong deciding factor in choosing a cloud partner so as not to render your business vulnerable to entry-points for cybercriminals.
Needless to say, automation simplifies several aspects of managing a business. By harnessing the power of the cloud, you are developing opportunities for your brand to create a secure infrastructure. Functions like that dashboards allow you to see different activities of your business in one window while at the same time, providing avenues for machine learning. Leveraging these capabilities can create more data for your organization which prepares you and your team for existing challenges.
Maintain greater control over your business processes without compromising flexibility. 2020 showed a stable growth in the private cloud industry. What this means for you is that moving forward, there will come a time when the power dynamic existing between public and private clouds will be at par thereby creating a democratic cloud industry that is driven by organizational needs over industrial fixtures.
Remember the shipping containers that revolutionized the global economy in the 1950s? It’s rising again, only this time, it’s on the cloud. Containerization simply means packaging an application and all its dependencies in a condensed library of APIs. It helps you store and “ship” all the components and ensures that each app runs quickly and reliably. This helps you save costs toward hardware and maintenance since a single server can host multiple applications. This integration improves security, scalability and load times by a margin.
The human cloud is ever growing as it consists of talent platforms that give businesses on-demand access to the workforce. It aims to connect skilled workers to various roles and organizations. It also develops crowd-based networks of workers and staff recruiters thereby giving multiple resources at low overhead cost. Such cloud-based platforms contribute greater labor compliance and quality than contemporary staffing norms. With the pandemic, the marketplace is likely to go deeper into the cloud as it offers businesses a clearer picture of skill sets and opportunities.
The phrase the future is in the clouds doesn’t get any closer to reality than this. With the rise of 5G networks, the cloud can now utilize the potential of cloud, virtual and augmented realities. This will allow applications to be rendered and distributed through the cloud to a much larger audience with real-time displays, renders and feedback.
Introducing Engage Innovate
The partnership of Apper and AWS has once again opened a plethora of opportunities for startups and businesses who aim to grow and stabilize their business infrastructure by boarding the train of cloud trends.
Engage Innovate, Apper’s latest program, aims to help businesses accelerate their tech innovations on the cloud.
The program offers:
- 36 hours DevOps implementation and managed services
- 8 x 5 technical support and weekly cadences
- Access to architectural and technical consultations
It aims to ignite interest from businesses who are yet to commit to the cloud, and expand the opportunity with those who currently have adopted cloud but only in a limited way by showing how the cloud can enhance their ability to innovate and scale.