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Workspot 2022 Predictions: The Cloud Landscape in 2022 - Cloud PCs are the Key to a Sustainable Hybrid Workforce

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The Cloud Landscape in 2022 - Cloud PCs are the Key to a Sustainable Hybrid Workforce

By Amitabh Sinha, CEO at Workspot

Since the start of the pandemic, we've seen the widespread acceleration of digital transformation and cloud adoption and one thing is evidently clear: business leaders can no longer afford to take slow, measured approaches to their digital strategies. 

With Gartner expecting 85 percent of organizations to become cloud-first by 2025, next year is set to be a pivotal year for the cloud. The cloud provides a faster, more cost-effective, and long-term fix in the face of industry challenges like the ongoing chip shortage, hybrid work environments, broader supply chain issues, and many others. With the security, maintenance, and scalability built into cloud-first solutions, organizations can scale as needed, and find an easy and cost-effective way to deploy when equipping remote employees and contractors around the world. 

Over the last few years, Desktop as a service (DaaS) and cloud-hosted desktops have gained traction and will continue to do so as we move through 2022, offering benefits like improved security, better business agility and great end user experience, providing a path to future-proofing the enterprise. 

The ‘new' Hybrid Work Paradigm

The experience gained over the last two years will give the employers the push they need to truly advance remote work through the hybrid work model. The expansion of remote work allowed the workforce to have more flexibility in locations and working hours, making the rise of the ‘digital nomad' more pertinent than ever. Organizations should develop long-term strategies to provide employees secure, high performance access to applications and data.

Although the physical office workspace will not fully dissipate, the new norm will continue to include home offices and various remote job sites. In this context, the traditional data center will evolve to serve fewer functions. On the other hand, employee productivity will remain a mission critical component of any company, so IT will have to adapt computing, security, and collaboration capabilities to meet these employees wherever they are working.  

The Future of the PC is in the Cloud 

In 2022, enterprises will begin the process of augmenting physical devices and on-premises or ‘do it yourself (DIY) cloud VDI with Cloud PC platforms. With the hybrid workforce becoming the norm, Cloud PCs provide the improved security, agility, and the necessary support needed for remote work. Organizations will reap the benefits including reduced costs of provisioning and retrieving equipment that is provided to consultants, contractors, or partners in order to access applications or data. Moreover, Cloud PCs will enhance the delivery of IT sanctioned, secured, equipped with corporate-mandated apps and data for any device, anywhere. 

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) will look for Cloud PC solutions based on simplicity and cost. On the other hand, larger enterprises will transition to Cloud PC solutions that support customization and that can be integrated with the tools and processes already in place such as security, authentication, SIEM, image management, or ITSM. Other requirements may include flexible pricing options to support different use cases, from hourly usage for software developers to annual contracts that support persistent, GPU-accelerated cloud workstations used by CAD/CAM engineers. 

Ultimately, Cloud PC will fuel business models that support engaging hybrid work that keeps and attracts talent and enables global productivity and collaboration.

Looking Ahead to 2022

If there is anything we have learned in the past couple of years, nothing is certain. However, organizations will look to prepare their workforces for the continued hybrid future. Big or small, organizations will turn increasingly to the cloud - more specifically to cloud PCs - for increased performance, flexibility, and cost savings.



Amitabh Sinha 

Amitabh Sinha has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software, end-user computing, mobile, and database software. Sinha co-founded Workspot with Puneet Chawla and Ty Wang in August 2012. Prior to Workspot, Sinha was the general manager for enterprise desktops and Apps at Citrix Systems. In his five years at Citrix, Sinha was vice president of product management for XenDesktop and vice president of engineering for the Advanced Solutions Group. Sinha has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  

Published Thursday, December 30, 2021 7:36 AM by David Marshall
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