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GridGain Systems 2022 Predictions: Distributed clouds and digital integration hubs take center stage

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Distributed clouds and digital integration hubs take center stage

By Nikita Ivanov, CTO at GridGain Systems

It goes without saying that cloud computing remains the wave of the future for all enterprises. The question is, what technologies will company leaders rely on to make the most of the data and analysis taking place in and around those clouds. As data sources and storage options proliferate, it becomes difficult for IT leaders to choose supporting technologies that will give them all the computing capabilities they need, and none that they don't, all without breaking the bank. To help business leaders cut through the morass of technology trends and give some guidance based on what I've seen our in-memory computing customers investing in, I lay out two key trends worth investigating this year.

Distributed clouds will proliferate

Hybrid computing is now the rage, but hybrid computing has a flaw when it comes to the ability to roll out managed services. Companies can leverage managed services from AWS and other big cloud players for their public cloud content, but until recently, these services could not jump the gap into on-premises private clouds. Today, AWS Outpost enables enterprises to deploy appliances in their datacenters and manage applications deployed in Amazon cloud and private databases as a single distributed cloud. With a distributed cloud, the enterprise maintains complete control over its data, while management, ownership and responsibility for the cloud services stays with a cloud provider. Enterprises can deploy a distributed cloud within their existing data centers or at edge locations. A distributed cloud can dramatically reduce complexity, increase productivity and drive innovation. As a result, in 2022, we will see widespread adoption of this strategy as enterprises embrace the convenience of fully managed services across distributed clouds - and more vendors announce solutions for creating them.

Digital integration hubs continue to gain momentum

Any company that wants to innovate needs to create new kinds of services, and one of the best technologies that has emerged over the last few years to enable that creation is the digital integration hub (DIH). A DIH enables real-time analytics on data pulled from multiple source systems containing any type of structured or unstructured data - streaming, transactional, historical. The adoption of DIHs picked up steam last year as an enabler of digital transformation, and in 2022, that momentum will surge again as more companies come to realize that they need a fast, effective way to easily build new applications and microservices. Because a DIH can provide data abstraction, pull from stored and real-time data, and leverage distributed in-memory computing technology for massively parallel processing - all without the need to rewrite applications or change databases, it is the perfect catalyst for modernizing applications and services across hybrid multicloud environments and driving innovation with minimal disruption. 

The global pandemic accelerated adoption of these computing frameworks as companies doubled down on their digital transformations in an effort to remain competitive and pivot their models in response to change. I see no sign of these efforts slowing as we kick off 2022. I believe the number of industries and companies adopting these solutions will con­tinue to grow at a dizzying rate as companies continue to adopt technologies to meet new strategic and competitive demands driven by digital transformation initia­tives.



Nikita Ivanov 

Nikita Ivanov is founder and CTO of GridGain Systems, started in 2007 and funded by RTP Ventures and Almaz Capital. Nikita provides the vision and leadership at GridGain to develop the world's top in-memory computing platform, now used by thousands of organizations around the globe to power business-critical systems and enable digital transformation initiatives.

Nikita has over 20 years of experience in software application development, building HPC and middleware platforms, and contributing to the efforts of other startups and notable companies including Adaptec, Visa and BEA Systems. Nikita was one of the pioneers in using Java technology for server side middleware development while working for one of Europe's largest system integrators in 1996.

Published Tuesday, February 01, 2022 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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