3 major trends in cloud development in 2022

Cloud technology and solutions are getting more mature and have changed many IT organisations’ status quo. However, a ”mature cloud” also brings new challenges for companies.

In this article, IT consultant Paweł Pancerzs, outlines the newest trends within cloud development that will dominate 2022.

By: Paweł Pancerz, Cloud Administrator & Network Engineer

The development of cloud technologies has seen dynamic changes over recent years. Market requirements and increasing awareness of the potential of cloud technologies have reduced concerns about adopting cloud solutions.

Still, with more and more companies deciding to implement this type of solution, security is now an essential topic in cloud development. Let us look at three major trends for the cloud in 2022.

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Trend 1:

Cloud services are getting mature: smaller organisations inspire corporations.

By the end of 2021, cloud technology has already reached a certain level of maturity, one can say. More and more companies, both small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations, are using public or hybrid cloud solutions. The migration to the cloud is due to the maturity of cloud services and the flexibility of such solutions.

More corporations have been propelled to use the public cloud under pressure from smaller organisations. These smaller, and thereby, more agile companies are increasingly adopting these solutions, thus gaining a competitive advantage.

We can also see that cloud service providers are more open to connecting, communicating and migrating between different cloud platforms. This possibility increases the dynamic of the development of cloud services.

However, the current situation is expected to continue for a long time and will impact when planning an enterprise IT strategy.

Stagnation is not an option when using cloud computing. Therefore, it is necessary to constantly evaluate the market and consider new cloud offerings and services that can benefit the changing needs of organisations.

Recent observations

  • Cloud solutions are becoming more mature
  • Cloud solutions offer more and more flexibility
  • Smaller organisations are in front and have a competitive edge
  • The change for larger corporations is driven by the smaller

Trend 2:

Increased focus on Big Data drives and supports cloud development.

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The increasing popularity of cloud services and the general development of technology mean that we have seen a dramatic change in the amount of managed data and how and where these resources are archived.

A continuous need to expand data storage

Everything suggests that the scale of data produced and processed globally will continue to grow. The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), which entails millions of devices generating and exchanging information, is part of this.

For companies, especially those planning projects related to analytics or artificial intelligence, such significant data growth means there is a constant need to expand storage and data centres.

As a result, this quest for data space is one of the reasons why companies are leaning towards moving their applications to the public cloud. It provides a guarantee of easy scalability and, in comparison to developing your infrastructure, also actual cost savings.

As part of a long-term growth strategy, however, it is vital to consider the continued growth of your storage needs – whether in the cloud or as part of local infrastructure.

The considerable importance of the IoT for the development of cloud services can be seen, among other things, in the new solutions offered by leading providers.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The considerable importance of the IoT for the development of cloud services can be seen, among other things, in the new solutions offered by leading providers.

AWS IOT

Amazon, for example, offers AWS IoT, which includes SDK tools to connect, authorise and exchange messages using various protocols between IoT devices and AWS servers. 

Microsoft Azure IoT

Microsoft Azure IoT offers a range of features that, among other things, allow sensors to be easily connected to the Microsoft cloud. 

Google Cloud IoT Core service

Google offers its Cloud IoT Core service, which manages Internet of Things devices centrally.

 

Similar services are also provided by Oracle, among others.

Increased use of Artificial Intelligence

Over the next decade, we should expect the IoT to become increasingly popular, especially in industry and the automotive sector. There are many indications that the cloud model will be the foundation for developing such solutions.

The cloud will also help manage new business models that use the Internet of Things on a large scale.

Paweł Pancerz sitting in an office

Paweł Pancerz make a point that the security risk are a major concerns for many organisations, saying: "Good practices reduce the risk of potential information leaks, hacks, and unwanted access."

Trend 3:

Rising concerns about security for Cloud Services

In 2022 public cloud services will be much more secure than most IT solutions companies use within their local infrastructure. Organisations that do not use the cloud raise concerns about cloud security and are usually expressed solely by them.

However, we can observe a decrease in previously stated situations for companies that have decided to implement these services.

Securing the cloud environments and the data

Observations of this change do not change the fact that with the growing scale of IT threats, securing the cloud environments and the data processed through them is becoming an important issue, requiring a multi-dimensional approach.

Public vs Private cloud solutions

As far as security is concerned, the main advantages of the public cloud environments are the effects of scale and the fact that the major cloud operators have the financial resources, state-of-the-art technologies, and knowledge to ensure the appropriate level of protection.

With private clouds or other solutions based on local infrastructure, on the other hand, these mentioned resources are not always present and evident.

The risk: securing the data

Nevertheless, it is essential to note that cloud services do not free users from the obligation to ensure their data security. Both the operator and the client are responsible for securing the data processed in the cloud.

A lack of cooperation in this area usually means increased business risk. The biggest challenge concerning the cloud seems to be the users themselves. Therefore, it is crucial to develop, implement, and follow appropriate security policies.

Good practices reduce the risk of potential information leaks, hacks, and unwanted access.

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Paweł Pancerz has been a consultant via ProData Consult for more than four years. Working as a Cloud Administrator and Network Engineer consultant.

Summary: proliferation, expansion and the pandemic

The indications are that cloud technology will continue to increase due to its enormous business potential. The cloud interfaces with just about every new application or corresponding infrastructure, not at least with the companies and their business needs for moving to the cloud.

The wide range of cloud solutions can be a real driver in developing new services and business models for many companies, including medium-sized businesses and large organisations, due to the ease of implementation and use of scalability and flexibility.

The global events sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 have shown how the cloud can help practically every sphere of industry and business maintain work continuity – remote access, remote working, and cloud resources have become both widespread and practical.

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Paweł Pancerz has been a consultant via ProData Consult for more than four years

Paweł Pancerz

Paweł Pancerz has been a consultant via ProData Consult for more than four years. Working as a Cloud Administrator and Network Engineer, he provides business-critical solutions for one of the company’s renowned clients. Previously, he worked for Cisco and Aon Hewitt.

He received his master’s degree from Jagiellonian University. He has also completed numerous IT courses: CCNA, Redhat RHCSA (RH199), ACI, UCS Manager, UCS Director, ASA Firewall and MS-20745: Implementing a Software-Defined DataCenter.

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