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Snow Software 2022 Predictions: What's in store for hybrid cloud in 2022?

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What's in store for hybrid cloud in 2022?

By Jesse Stockall, Chief Architect at Snow Software

Cloud computing truly proved its worth during the pandemic, and there is no end to its growth trajectory in sight. In fact, 71% of IT leaders in the US and UK have increased overall cloud spend since mid-2020, drawn to it by its scalability and flexibility, as well as the opportunities it offers to develop, test and launch products and services.

Enterprises look to cloud for a faster, more secure and ultimately more affordable alternative to on-premise infrastructure, but IT leaders understand that there is still value in on-prem data centers. As the hybrid cloud landscape continues to evolve, there are several trends to keep in mind while building out a cloud strategy for 2022.

The hybrid cloud conversation is now driven by public cloud vendors

While 68% of IT leaders have a hybrid cloud strategy in place that consists of both public and private clouds, these organizations are now experiencing an array of cloud and infrastructure management challenges as the reality of these investments kicks in. IT leaders are quickly realizing that cloud is just one piece of the IT management puzzle and not a one-size-fits-all solution.

For the last few years, hybrid cloud was championed by technology vendors who sold on-premises technologies, but now public cloud vendors are offering cloud-like experiences on-premises. As companies decide how they will approach their hybrid cloud strategy, they need to consider how much direct control they want to maintain. By handing their private cloud to a public cloud vendor, companies may lose some control and ability to customize, but they will gain a unified, consistent private cloud experience.

Portability could become a huge gamechanger for hybrid cloud

Organizations are unable to take full advantage of hybrid cloud (and multi-cloud) because of the challenges still surrounding portability. Architecting your technology stack is more important than ever; otherwise, organizations can create silos where their applications and data are living in two completely separate environments. Vendors often tout interoperability, but to achieve true interoperability requires strategic architecting and maintenance. Whether organizations lock into one vendor for their public and private cloud needs or choose a multi-cloud strategy, companies need to invest time and resources to ensure their technology environment gains the full advantages of hybrid cloud. Portability has been and remains a key element to hybrid cloud ROI.

Analysts and system integrator partners are more important than ever

Technology vendors differ greatly in how they approach and think about hybrid cloud. If a company is talking with a public cloud vendor or a data storage vendor, those two company perspectives on hybrid cloud can vary widely. This can be confusing for organizations trying to decide which strategy is best for their business. This is not to say that vendor sales reps shouldn't be relied on for expertise, but their POV will be heavily defined by the technology they sell. Buyers need to be aware of these differing points of view and seek more neutral sources of expertise such as analysts (who are consistently writing about hybrid cloud) and system integrators to get a more holistic understanding of what their organization needs.

Specialized roles will be in even higher demand across departments
The Great Resignation has impacted enterprises at every level and department, and has created a particularly fierce employee-driven, competitive hiring market. In addition to a shortage of talent, we're seeing a skills gap among technical roles, creating even higher demand for candidates in certain roles and fields. While strategizing for 2022, keep in mind that specialized and technical roles such as cloud architects, site reliability engineers, data scientists and data engineers will be in extremely high demand. We're also seeing new roles being created to meet current needs such as Chief Data Officers and Chief Compliance Officers, which will be challenging roles to find direct relevant experience for.

Enterprises are increasingly adopting a hybrid cloud strategy as they tackle events that may have once been considered unprecedented, including now distributed workforces, increasingly frequent cybersecurity attacks, talent shortages and more. By keeping these four trends in mind while planning for the new year, businesses and their IT leaders will be better prepared to meet new demands and succeed in the current business landscape.



Jesse Stockall 

Jesse Stockall is Chief Architect at Snow Software. He has more than 20 years of industry experience leading agile teams from concept though to delivery and the adoption of software solutions. He has held previous positions at Symbium, CRYPTOCard, the Canadian government and Digital Equipment Corp.

Published Tuesday, January 04, 2022 7:37 AM by David Marshall
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