Sean Dutkewych | February 9, 2022
Gone are the days of seeing your business’ “server closet” and the hum and heat of processing data. (You and your coworkers can now stick your old, unused filing cabinets in that closet.) The “cloud” was getting more popular before the pandemic, but once it hit, businesses started abandoning the server ship for clouds that allowed more work-from-home. According to Gartner, by 2024 global spending on cloud services will hit $1 trillion.
With continual growth, we can expect more businesses to adopt cloud technology, migrating more and more data in 2022. But what else can we expect in the coming year? Here are 5 cloud trends to watch for in 2022.
When it comes to security, your network is only as secure as its weakest link. … and hackers are exploiting those weak links more than ever. It’s expected that losses to cybercrime will total $6 billion in 2021. In an effort to thwart the cyber criminals, businesses will be investing in secure access service edge (SASE) and cloud-based disaster recovery.
SASE is a cloud-based enterprise security framework introduced by Gartner. It’s designed to deliver network security controls as close to users as possible, or at the “edge.” Cloud-based disaster recovery backs up data on an external cloud server handled by an outside source. If criminals hack into the main source of data, the back-up cloud is there to repair and restore the data. It’s a simple and more cost-effective way of backing up your network.
The Department of Energy estimates that data centers account for 2% of electrical consumption in the U.S. Cloud providers are constantly trying to make even the smallest hardware and software improvements to make servers more efficient, creating a long-term reduction in power consumption. Amazon’s AWS has pledged to be 100% renewable by 2025, and Microsoft has experimented with under-water data centers, where a surrounding body of water absorbs the heat keeping it 10 degrees cooler than its land-based centers. Expect more creative efforts to make data centers more eco-friendly in 2022.
You can store as much data as you want, but it doesn’t matter unless you put it to good use. Businesses want to boost efficiency by gaining as many insights as they can from their cloud data, and then making decisions based on those insights. Especially in the wake of the digital transformation, businesses are creating automated algorithms so that software can make decisions based on their cloud data. Organizations already using automations are evaluating how they work in order to make adjustments and tighten up performance in 2022.
With the availability of cloud server space, people are not only migrating data but their operations to the cloud for a greener business, or for the bottom line in general. Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as smart-building technology, are then able to make conservation decisions regarding operations such as HVAC systems based on the number of people in the building or the weather forecast for the day. Artificial intelligence (AI) is then able to evaluate the decisions made in order to make better decisions in the future.
Choosing which cloud your business should use is often just as tough as transforming your operations and migrating the data. Businesses need a cloud that best fits their needs and functions, but flexibility will be key in 2022. As organizations look for systems that can adapt as their needs change, many will opt for a hybrid cloud system. Hybrid systems combine one or more public cloud services with a dedicated private cloud that may be more restrictive but provide added security.
The existence of serverless clouds will also increase in popularity. Serverless computing provides on-demand IT infrastructure for businesses that want to launch and provide new digital services without having to take on the associated IT infrastructure burden. (Examples are services provided by AWS and Azure.) While there are many benefits, your infrastructure is tied to the service you choose, which means if that service goes down, so does your business. AWS experienced three outages in December, halting operations for businesses using their cloud systems including Whole Foods, Netflix, and Slack.
Cloud computing will open more opportunities in application development, especially in the areas of containers, edge computing, and cloud-native app development. Containers provide businesses with a cloud-based environment where they can develop and deploy new apps. The use of containerization is rapidly growing among enterprise businesses, because the entire development process is faster and more efficient. Developers can work on all the app specifics while IT workers focus on managing solutions.
Just like edge security, edge computing puts data processing and analysis closer to the sources of the data, which also makes processing more efficient. As interest in autonomous vehicles increases, every millisecond matters when it comes to decisions being made by these vehicles. A vehicle having to connect to a server across the country, will not make the fastest decision. More edge computing allows for the nearest servers to provide data to these vehicles, allowing for the most efficient auto-decisioning.
Cloud-computing is nothing new to those who are Salesforce experts since Salesforce was an early pioneer in cloud computing. Our experts can make sure your business maximizes your use of all the data stored on your clouds in order to make operations more efficient. They’ll also seamlessly connect your clouds to create unified customer experiences. Contact us so we can evaluate how to digitally transform your business.Back to Blog
Sean is a Senior Account Executive at ListEngage with over 20 years of sales experience and long history in the Salesforce ecosystem as a customer, employee and partner. His expertise is in developing long lasting client relationships helping them solve key business challenges. He has worked with customers across a range of industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare and Life Science, Manufacturing, Technology, Travel & Hospitality and Retail.