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Cloudastructure 2022 Predictions: Private Cloud Makes A Comeback

vmblog predictions 2022 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2022.  Read them in this 14th annual series exclusive.

Private Cloud Makes A Comeback

By Rick Bentley, Founder and CEO of Cloudastructure 

The constantly changing protocols during the early days of the pandemic were difficult for customers and businesses. Lockdowns and restrictions have shown the power and capabilities of cloud-based systems and their ability to deliver increased performance for organizations of all sizes. Many enterprises turned to artificial intelligence and machine learning-based solutions to monitor the presence of face masks and the adherence of social distancing protocols.

In 2022, as protocols continue to be eased, leaders face the challenge of reallocating these resources and adjusting strategies. Below are some trends in video surveillance that Cloudastructure predicts for 2022.  

Private Cloud is Making a Comeback

Prepare for the arrival of the private cloud. Everyone loves cloud computing. You get all the computational infrastructure you want, often wrapped with beautiful and brilliant application layers, and you never have to manage a single server. The downside of the public cloud, however, can be terrifying.  Your cloud host will keep your data, and the metadata around it, for as long as they want.

My prediction for 2022 is that there is going to be a start of a return to the private cloud. This will consist of applications that you run locally on your own servers, and to which you keep the encryption keys.  The third party who wrote the cloud application won't be able to access your information, even if they wanted to.  Everything will be at the VM/Kubernetes/etc. layer, so it's a push button deployment that a third party will manage for you. You can run the physical servers on your physical property, or on machines that someone else hosts, even in some cases VM's back in the public cloud (just with no access to the cloud provider to the data on those VM's).  Then, once again, no one can take you offline.  No one can read through your files or messages.  When you delete a file, it's really gone. Cloudastructure offers the ability to host our cloud application on a customer's servers.  In this case, we set it up, we maintain it and then we have zero access to the video, or the ability to take the system offline. No one can sift through customer data. We expect to hear more inquiries about the private cloud in 2022.

AI is the Future of Video Surveillance

Not long ago, if you wanted a computer to recognize a car then it was up to you to explain to it what a car looks like: "It's got these black round things called ‘wheels' at the bottom, the ‘windows' kind of go around the top half-ish part, they're kind of rounded on top and shiny, the lights on the back are sometimes red, the ones up front are sometimes white, the ones on the side are sometimes yellow...".  As you can imagine, it doesn't work very well.  Today you just take 10,000 pictures of cars and 50,000 pictures of close-but-not cars (motorcycles, jet skis, airplanes...) and your AI/ML platform will do a better job of detecting cars than you ever could. 

Intelligent AI and ML powered video solutions are the way of the future, and if businesses don't keep up, they could be putting themselves and their employees at risk. Two years ago, more than 90% of enterprises were still stuck on outdated on-premises security methods, many with limited if no AI intelligence. The industry is under rapid transformation as they take advantage of this technology and move their systems to the cloud. 

Enhanced AI functionality and cloud adoption in video surveillance have allowed business owners and IT departments to monitor the security of their businesses from the safety of their homes. The AI surveillance solution can be accessed from any authorized mobile device and the video is stored safely off premises so that it cannot be hacked, and it is safe from environmental hazards. Additionally, powerful AI analytics allow intelligent surveillance systems to sort through large volumes of footage to identify interesting activity more than 10x faster and more accurately than manual, on-premises solutions. In the upcoming years, AI functionality will continue to get more and more advanced allowing businesses to generate real-time insight and enable a rapid response to incidents resulting in a more efficient and safer society.



Rick Bentley, CEO, Cloudastructure

Rick Bentley 

Rick Bentley has more than two decades of experience with Silicon Valley startups and technology companies. In 1998, he founded Televoke Inc, a company that provides an automated web and telephone service platform that provided notification, control and tracking of mobile assets. In January 2003, Televoke Inc merged with another privately held company, the merged entity was renamed deCarta Inc. and was eventually bought by Uber in March 2015.

In 2003, Bentley founded Connexed Technologies Inc., which offered a web-based camera management and video storage solution that aimed to deliver the most secure, economical solution on the market. In 2013, Connexed Technologies Inc. purchased Reach Systems Inc, a Cloud-based access control company,. and was renamed Cloudastructure. 

Bentley has also served in senior roles at other early-stage startups, including Cheaterville/ViaView and Carbon Motors, and was a full-time adviser to Google X in 2015, specifically Google Life Sciences (now Verily). He was a direct report to Andy Grove for half a decade. He also did two tours with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Baghdad in 2004/2005.

Published Wednesday, January 05, 2022 7:33 AM by David Marshall
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