The cloud’s explosion has undeniably altered how businesses of all sizes operate, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. As per Right Scale’s 2019 State of the Cloud Report, 91% and 72% of companies use public and private clouds. Cloud computing brings many benefits to modern businesses, from improved scalability to more efficient collaboration. If your business has adopted the cloud, there are several trends you should stay on top of to remain abreast of the technology. Below are some small business cloud computing trends to track in 2022.
- Solution-focused partners
As companies continue to move infrastructure via IaaS, PaaS, and Saas, one cloud trend that has emerged is the continuous need for third-party vendors specializing in solving novel cloud challenges and meeting particular use cases. Your cloud provider will be in charge of cloud infrastructure needs like storage, but you will have to find a network and cabling service provider to cover networking and other IT needs. Other partners will also come in for specific needs like visibility, data, IoT, and AI and ML technology. Companies are targeting external partners with solid insights into how cloud computing and its related technologies work, so it would help to seek out these providers to remain competitive.
- More secure migration
It is no secret that many providers are developing several applications natively for the cloud. This development brings several benefits concerning getting data to the cloud and faster-sending apps to the market. However, there is almost always a key security disadvantage. It is common for many providers to figure out security at the development cycle’s end or just when data migration is about to happen. At these points, it is often too late, opening the door to common information technology concerns like security workarounds and potential breaches. Therefore, more companies will commit to integrating security into the genesis of application development and cloud migration.
- Growth of multi and hybrid cloud environments
Enterprises recognize that cloud data management transcends one particular infrastructure or platform. Nowadays, it is about selecting the best solution for the job. In specific cases, this ideal solution isn’t the cloud at all; it may be legacy or on-premises systems, particularly when companies are locked to distinct systems for complex business-critical solutions. This year, the emerging trend is that companies are embracing multi and hybrid cloud solutions where they can extract the best out of each instead of committing to one vendor. The International Data Corporation confirmed this in their 2021 report, stating that more than 90% of businesses will rely on hybrid cloud solutions, including multiple public clouds, dedicated private clouds, and legacy platforms in 2022.
- Continuous shift to on-demand tech
Businesses are expected to have more money to explore more tech solutions that address their specific industry challenges. Additionally, providers will offer easily accessible innovations with a low-learning curve so everyone can reap the rewards. As such, cloud providers will give enterprises more tech on demand that will help them reap the benefits of automation, AI, and machine learning in a tangible way to enhance overall business strategy.