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Render 2023 Predictions: How the cloud will evolve in 2023


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How the cloud will evolve in 2023

By Uma Chingunde, VP of Engineering at Render

In 2022, the world saw a rapid shift towards automation across numerous industries. In the tech sector, this shift was often due to necessary shrinkage, the result of unfettered growth during the pandemic tech boom. Nowhere is this more visible than the cloud market, where software teams have undergone massive cuts, and longtime cloud contracts have come under unprecedented scrutiny, with CFOs looking to pare down costs wherever possible.

Pandemic hypergrowth has reached its sunset, and in 2023, tech companies will focus mainly on leaning up and maximizing value. Here's how that looks for the cloud:

Hybrid computing will further shift towards all-cloud computing

The pandemic hastened adoption of the cloud, and in 2023, adoption will continue at an elevated pace as more companies consolidate their infrastructure to save costs. Moreover, with a heightened focus on automation and reducing DevOps costs, balancing both on-prem and cloud will become unnecessary and undesirable. In short, simplicity is key: developers don't want to learn complex cloud technologies to build their applications, and companies don't want to manage multiple infrastructure sites.

As a result, cloud services providers will rush to accommodate these trends. Major players are already taking note, with sales teams at Azure, AWS and Google swiftly moving legacy applications and organizations to the cloud because it's where they'll make the most profit. But this also means that their primary focus is on the current layer, rather than providing value up the stack.

This is where smaller, independent platforms will come to supplement the Big Three. In 2023, tech companies will create their ideal mosaic of cloud services and eschew hybrid computing altogether.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) will make a major resurgence

Large cloud fatigue was rampant this year, especially for small companies, leading them to scale back or pause on Kubernetes deployments and other complex infrastructure projects. Key challenges were having an appropriate amount of staff and time to get them done. In 2023, many of these teams are likely to adopt a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) because a growing number of PaaS providers can deliver managed Kubernetes, popular databases like Redis, Maria and MySQL.

PaaS offerings allow companies to do more with less. With automation driving key functions, organizations can focus on their business outcomes without hiring entire teams to manage infrastructure. Offloading costs and labor to a PaaS provider will permit companies to hone in on the more elevated functions of their product and deliver more value.

Secure cloud infrastructure will be non-negotiable

In 2022, we saw the practice of DevSecOps gain even more traction as the workflows between development, operations and security teams became more unified. In 2023, this trend will only accelerate, with all members of these teams working together under shared imperatives, rather than in hyper-specialized silos.

But, this isn't just about efficient workflows. Trends in compliance and regulation will continue to push companies towards adopting more security practices earlier in the software development lifecycle. As a result, companies are finding that security must exist at the design stage, as opposed to being tacked on right before deployment. Most companies will achieve this through PaaS adoption, as many providers have security prebuilt into their platforms. Secure cloud infrastructure from the beginning of development will enable companies to ship their solutions faster and with more confidence.


Right now, most industries are readjusting to pre-pandemic IT budget and staffing levels, but at the same time, boards expect continued innovation and improved cloud performance. Thus, companies need smart, agile cloud solutions that save costs without compromising stability. These pressures will alter the way enterprises and startups alike approach their use of the cloud, as they'll seek to optimize efficiency while avoiding more complicated solutions that require more developer brainpower.




Uma Chingunde is the VP of Engineering at Render, where she leads infrastructure teams to build the best cloud for developers. Before Render, she was an Engineering Manager at Stripe. 

Published Monday, January 02, 2023 7:35 AM by David Marshall
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