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Silk 2022 Predictions: Cloud Trends

vmblog predictions 2022 

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Cloud Trends

By Derek Swanson, CTO, Silk

Increased integration of 5g with cloud/edge computing

As digital transformation continues to advance at lightning speed, business leaders must identify new edge-computing technology leveraging real-time application stacks to push the customer experience closer to the edge. Rich edge-computing is still emerging, and as backend technology stacks mature enough to provide high customer value in real-time, we can expect a surge in application development to offer new customer experiences.

The combination of 5G and the new WiFi 6 is really what will enable the boom in edge computing paradigms over the next five to 10 years. It will take at least another two- to three- years before 5G becomes widely available (both at the core and edge) to reach the critical mass required for the widespread adoption of new capabilities.

The primary impact will be on IoT as well as making devices more functional at the edge (rather than people), as computing power and decision making is pushed closer and closer to the end-user. The entire architecture of today's computing paradigm will shift from centralized to decentralized edges.

5G will be up to 50x faster than existing 4G, and WiFi 6 will prove 400% faster with far lower latency, which is critical for transactional workloads including streaming, gaming, VR, NLP-and any workload that requires processing in real time.

Dramatically increased bandwidth for hyper-real environment rendering in real-time (4K and 8K streams are insanely fat), not just for VR, but across everything we do. This will combine with TV screens the size of the wall that will start to bring the "whole house is a screen" capability everywhere, on our phones, monitors, HUDs and homes.

Impact of Cloud on Industries  

Almost every industry is currently undergoing transformation, but the biggest changes we've seen recently have been in the real estate and e-commerce spaces. These industries traditionally take place in-person and often with a physical assistant (salesperson/real estate agent). Over the last three to four years, this has shifted dramatically as so many critical elements have moved to virtual reality hosted in the cloud. 

Healthcare and education are two industries that will increasingly shift to the cloud, and their business models will be required to change as a result. Traditionally, these are very rigid industries that operate in a pseudo-public space. They are heavily regulated and overseen by the government, and not typically on the leading edge of customer-facing technology adoption

The global ‘black swan' that is Covid highlighted the weaknesses of both of these industries, which failed when their existing paradigm was no longer practical. As social distancing prevented in-person attendance, delivering services remotely proved a failure at the start. Telemedicine and online education have existed for a while in usable formats, but did not encompass the level of scale or ease of delivery required for common adoption. Institutions that fail to shift to cloud-enabled registration, scheduling, remote visits, sessions, classes, and follow-ups will see a loss in their user base as consumers move to cheaper and simpler options for education and healthcare.

The remote and virtual future of education and medicine promise several benefits: cost reduction, greater accessibility, faster service, better experiences, and reduced risk (in travel and exposure) all of which equate to increased benefits at a lower cost. These industries are quite stultifying for many consumers who find the entire drill of going to the doctor or attending university in person monotonous, expensive, and demanding. The increasing costs of travel and housing are egregious. The time and effort involved are significant, and it's clear that a paradigm shift would not hurt, but rather improve with remote facilitation. The potential for a dramatic expansion of consumers, combined with a significant reduction in both cost and risk driven by cloud adoption will mark a transformational decade for both medicine and education.



Derek Swanson 

Derek has more than 25 years of experience as a technology evangelist, systems architect, and data systems engineer. At Silk, he is responsible for guiding the customer-facing architect teams, developing the product roadmap, and is the primary technical evangelist in the organization. Prior to Silk Derek has had a successful career in architecting, deploying, and operating enterprise-class network, compute, and storage solutions in dozens of data centers. He holds a Bachelors in Political Science and Government from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis on classical philosophy.

Published Wednesday, January 12, 2022 7:31 AM by David Marshall
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