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Quest Software 2022 Predictions: Business success in 2022 will hinge on optimizing the hybrid cloud

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Business success in 2022 will hinge on optimizing the hybrid cloud

By John Pocknell, Senior Market Strategist at Quest Software

2021 was a year of transformation at large. It required monumental mindset shifts in the way we communicate, collaborate, conduct business, innovate and more. As we head into 2022, that remote growth mindset will continue to drive business success - and demand for data intelligence, automated data management and data security solutions and microservices in an optimized hybrid cloud environment will continue to increase.

But there are particular industry trends that will drive innovation more than others. Here are a few of the top trends that business leaders should keep in mind in 2022, as you look to make the most of your talent, technology, and multi cloud ecosystems:

Demand for self-service data prep and analytics solutions will grow in response to the appetite for deeper business insights.

According to research by Beroe, Inc., a leading provider of procurement intelligence, the global business intelligence market is estimated to reach $30.9 billion by 2022. As Beroe explains, "There is an increasing need for Big Data Analytics as every day, the volume of big data creation amounts to 2.4 Quintillion bytes. The amount of data generated is expected to reach 40 ZB by 2020. The exponential growth of data (volume, veracity, velocity) demands excellent analytics to be able to derive meaningful insights."

In 2022, we expect to see a continuing growth in the demand for self-service data prep and analytics in response to the appetite for greater business insights. Companies will be looking for self-service data prep and analytics tools that can be used by non-technical users and include data governance and collaboration.

Remote work will continue, as digital transformation enables greater collaboration at scale.

According to IDC, by 2022, 70% of all organizations will have accelerated their use of digital technologies, transforming existing business processes to drive customer engagement, employee productivity, and power business resiliency. The pandemic accelerated remote work over 12 months ago, and even as the new year approaches, there's not much sign of things returning to normal any time soon.

In 2022, we'll see an increase in digital transformation projects that provide better collaboration across multi-functional teams, requiring stricter data governance and tighter security, while providing enhanced cost/performance optimized hybrid data infrastructures.

Innovation will continue to be fueled by the cloud.

The cloud will continue to drive innovation across industries. Market Research Future expects the Global Hybrid Cloud Market size to reach $173.33 billion by 2025. Additionally, according to the Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report, 92% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy and 80% have a hybrid cloud strategy currently in place, combining capabilities from both public and private cloud domains. As Flexera shares, "Cloud-first policies and cloud migration are top of mind for senior IT leaders, particularly in enterprise environments. As a result, enterprises are rapidly increasing public cloud spend and workload volumes."

We expect to see a continuing increase in the adoption of hybrid- and multi-cloud services in 2022, with the expectation from companies that they can integrate their data across these environments as well as manage cloud spend and performance more seamlessly across cloud environments.

Increasing cloud adoption will drive the use of microservices and Kubernetes.

According to, the cloud microservices market is expected to reach $2.7 billion by 2026. But as Kubernetes adoption rises, organizations are realizing that adoption simply isn't enough - there needs to be company-wide changes made in terms of processing, tooling, and architecture in order to realize its full benefits. elaborates, "Kubernetes is likely to be a big push for deep company-wide changes. It provides a good way to manage containers and makes microservices architectures practical at an enterprise scale."

As demand for cloud services rises, we expect to see a significant rise in the use of microservices and Kubernetes, for managing and orchestrating microservices architectures, throughout 2022.

In short, innovation, digital transformation and business resiliency will be determined by the hybrid cloud in 2022.



John Pocknell 

John Pocknell is a senior market strategist at Quest Software. Based at the European headquarters in the U.K., John is responsible for developing and evangelizing solutions-based stories for Quest’s extensive portfolio of database products worldwide. He has been with Quest Software since 2000, working in database design, development, and deployment. John has spent over 18 years (including 12 years in Product Management) successfully evangelizing Toad to customers at conferences and user groups around the world. He blogs and has produced many videos for Toad World, the Toad user community, and has authored technical papers about Toad on the Quest Software website.

Published Thursday, January 06, 2022 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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