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Render 2022 Predictions: Where is the Cloud headed in 2022?

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Where is the Cloud headed in 2022?

By Anurag Goel, Founder and CEO of Render

Everyone is familiar with the three big cloud providers (Azure, AWS, GCP) that have continuously dominated the cloud computing industry over the last decade. However, recently we've seen a resurgence of higher-level cloud platforms that minimize DevOps work and compete directly with industry goliaths for developer mindshare. With this trend in mind, here's what we can expect to see from high-level cloud providers in 2022. 

High-level clouds will make cloud applications more manageable and accessible.

In 2022, the cloud industry presents a significant opportunity to simplify application deployment and management. When cloud computing was first on the rise, it was all about moving on-prem workloads to public clouds like AWS. While the cloud was a monumental shift, it did not simplify the complex operations of running and scaling application workloads. To this day, managing cloud infrastructure on one of the big three providers requires specialized, hard-to-find skills and ever-expanding engineering teams.

While AWS, Azure, and GCP offer hundreds of cloud solutions, the reality is that most companies have little use for the majority of these highly specialized services and often lack the expertise or capital to use them effectively. Instead of providing all the bells and whistles, smaller high-level cloud providers focus on core services like databases, web applications, CDNs, and the application development lifecycle, providing simplicity and eliminating the analysis-paralysis large clouds can induce. The goal for high-level cloud providers in 2022 is to expand their solutions to more business and application-level needs so that all companies, no matter the size, can move faster and eliminate expensive DevOps management.

Having a multi-cloud strategy will become essential. 

Recent outages at large cloud providers have proven that a multi-cloud strategy is necessary for smooth operations. Still, it is tough for even large software companies to build and manage multi-cloud architectures. Businesses of all sizes will need to navigate a multi-cloud approach to improve reliability, accelerate product development, and offer their developers a great experience. 

Using higher-level multi-cloud providers allows businesses to hire for product and application development skills instead of hard-to-find infrastructure expertise to maintain each cloud provider or hosting region. A high-level cloud like Render does all the heavy lifting and automation at the infrastructure level, including making applications resilient to failures across availability zones, geo regions, and even cloud providers. Deciding to steer toward a high-level cloud drastically lowers engineering salary costs, typically the most significant expense for any growing company.

High-level cloud providers will continue to disrupt Big Tech. 

The growth of independent, high-level cloud providers is an impending threat to big tech, and we will see them play catch up in 2022. Big tech will try to imitate much of the innovation brought to the table by newer cloud providers, especially around developer experience and productivity. Cloud providers who have emphasized developer experience since their inception will thrive while big tech attempts to keep up. 

Companies will begin steering toward smaller, high-level cloud providers who better fit their needs and provide infrastructure, automation, and built-in best practices. High-level cloud platforms are just getting started, and we'll continue to see rapid growth over the next few years across various industries.



Anurag Goel, Founder & CEO of Render

Anurag Goel 

Anurag Goel is the Founder & CEO of Render, a San Francisco-based Zero DevOps Cloud Platform that helps customers avoid overly-complex cloud offerings and wasteful DevOps spending. Before launching Render in 2019, Goel was an early engineer and Head of Risk at Stripe where he was influential in building out the company’s engineering team. After being unsatisfied with the heavy lifting and large costs associated with AWS, Goel started Render as a platform-as-a-service independent from the big tech clouds enabling devops teams to ship better software faster to customers.

Published Thursday, January 20, 2022 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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