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Navisite 2022 Predictions: Four Cloud Trends to Watch

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Four Cloud Trends to Watch for in 2022

By Peter Berry, CTO Cloud Technologies at Navisite

COVID-19 has sped up digital transformation for the mid-sized market, and Gartner expects investment in technology to increase in 2022, reaching the highest levels seen over the last decade, despite the volatility many businesses experienced over the last year.

With this in mind, here is a look at four cloud trends to watch for in 2022.

1.  Cloud DevOps Accelerates

DevOps has been around for years, but the last 18 months of COVID have significantly impacted the nature and focus of DevOps initiatives as more companies migrate core functions of their businesses to the cloud.  Cloud DevOps initiatives will ramp up in 2022 as organizations look to gain these benefits-the only barrier: finding DevOps engineers with skills to take on these initiatives. And that's a challenge we're seeing among many of the mid-market companies we work with-from DevOps engineers to developers to cybersecurity expertise.

2.  Automation Takes Center Stage

Digital transformation and automation go hand in hand.  And automation has risen to the top of the list as a pivotal enabler-supported by a number of technologies including robotic process automation (RPA), AI and other business process automation tools. Since the beginning of COVID-19, we've seen an acceleration of RPA and other process-based automation as companies need to do more with less, and faster. Despite this pressure-or perhaps because of it-the RPA market is growing at double-digit rates, according to Gartner, which forecasts global RPA software revenue to reach $1.89 billion in 2021, an increase of 19.5% from 2020. We see no signs of this slowing down in 2022, as organizations continue to tap automation tools and technologies to optimize business processes both on-prem and in the cloud.

3.  Cloud Becomes Less Defined

Despite a majority of IT decision-makers listing cloud migration as a top priority, many organizations aren't there yet. At last year's re:Invent conference, AWS Chief Executive Andy Jassy stated that 96% of the IT industry still resides in on-premises data centers rather than on the cloud. While there has been a significant push to the cloud since then, a sizeable share of IT infrastructure remains on-premises-and public cloud providers understand the opportunity.

Public cloud providers have responded by creating an alternate path-not to the cloud, but from the cloud. Today, all three hyperscalers offer market-branded kits-such as AWS Outposts, Azure Stack Hub and Google Distributed Cloud (recently announced at the Google Cloud Next 2021). These solutions enable customers to leverage the public cloud in virtually any on-premises data center. This gives the hyperscalers a greater footprint in customer environments and enables their customers to fully leverage the benefits of the public cloud while maintaining high performance levels. These newer services will help businesses gain greater access to the cloud.

4.  Cybersecurity Leadership Is Critical

C-level cybersecurity leadership is on many companies' wish list, as organizations continue to battle the growing volume and variety of today's sophisticated cyber threats-yet finding that leader is more difficult, time-consuming and expensive than ever.

According to Navisite's The State of Cybersecurity Leadership and Readiness, 45% of respondents admit their company does not employ a CISO/CSO, and of that group, 58% of those think they should.

Cyberattacks are expected to increase in 2022 and there will be continued demand for vCISO services. A strong vCISO program generally runs the gamut from cybersecurity risk assessments and security roadmap development to governance and continuous improvement.

Whether it's the need for Cloud DevOps, more automation, better on-prem access to the cloud or increased cybersecurity leadership, 2022 will see more emphasis on the cloud than ever before.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Berry

Peter is the CTO of cloud technologies at Navisite, leading the technical vision and development of our managed cloud services portfolio to support the migration and optimization of customer environments in the cloud. His expertise spans infrastructure and cloud technologies, and he brings over 20 years of project and technical leadership experience across industries and in the public sector. Prior to joining Navisite as the director of AWS solutions, he was the co-founder and CTO of clckwrk, a London-based AWS migration specialist and consulting partner that was acquired by Navisite in 2019. As part of the founding team at clckwrk, Peter was instrumental in building a successful business helping global enterprises throughout Europe and North America migrate Oracle and other enterprise applications into the public cloud.

Published Monday, November 29, 2021 7:31 AM by David Marshall
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