What will the cloud industry look like in 2022?

Cloud computing has experienced rapid growth in recent years and lasts, especially among companies. 85% of French companies consider the hybrid cloud as the ideal IT model (Source: Vanson Bourne – Nutanix). This development was underscored by pandemic and distant work, which has since become more democratic.

Given the strategic importance of this sector, it will be interesting to project ourselves to find out how the cloud sector will evolve and what its potential is for growth and change.

GAFAM’s hegemony will drive smaller cloud service providers to innovate further.

The cloud sector is an extremely competitive market, dominated by GAFAMs, and in particular Amazon, Microsoft and Google. This dominance is based on a model commercial and a value proposition that is primarily based on the offer of services that meet all needs in one place. But this model is also based at hidden costs (data in and out, vendor lock-in …) that quickly eats into budgets and prevents businesses from reaping the benefits of better data availability in the cloud.

Ironically, this model allows small suppliers to strengthen their position in the sector. The latter is great at providing specific cloud services such as storage, content delivery, gaming platforms or general computing resources and competing with innovation. There are already niche providers that perform well in their segments. In 2022, we should see more cloud service providers develop new storage strategies.

Multi-cloud and hybrid solutions will dominate the market

Despite their best efforts, cloud giants face resistance from their customers when it comes to tying themselves to a particular provider. Cloud development is therefore towards hybrid and multi-cloud models, where large players will live together with on-site infrastructure and various more specialized providers. This will be particularly the case for storage, which costs nearly one-third of all cloud-related spending. Businesses will be able to combine and customize their desired solutions to suit their individual needs.

The development of the “smart city” will accentuate the needs

The growing development of smart cities and associated services significantly increases cloud demands. In the traffic area, surveillance systems will require high-performance infrastructures to better control traffic flow, determine potential for optimization and make it more efficient. For this, Smart city applications must rely on solutions that are financially attractive and sustainable to store large amounts of data. Therefore, to make a city “smart”, companies are required to use cloud solutions.

The cloud to protect against cyberattacks

Knowing the plague of hacking, companies are increasingly switching to cloud backup solutions and the concern that it is not as secure as local or private infrastructure is gradually disappearing. In 2022, more and more companies will use additional storage capacity to reduce the impact of this type of attack.. Object -level immutability has major benefits for data protection. Fixed buckets in cloud storage cannot be deleted, manipulated, or modified, even by a system administrator. Therefore, they offer excellent protection against ransomware that tries to destroy backups.

The criterion of immutability thus becomes another layer of protection which companies will no longer avoid in 2022 if they want to protect their data against ransomware. Additionally, the “3-2-1” backup approach helps organizations prevent hackers from locking or encrypting copies of data. This enables faster data recovery and avoids costly downtime. Over the next year, more and more companies will use these functions, as ransomware attacks are not expected to decrease.

Digitization of the healthcare sector

For 2 years and the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, digitization in the healthcare sector has always been the focus of attention. It affects virtualization of patient databecause the local nature of medical records slows down the flow of information when a patient is being treated elsewhere.

The healthcare industry is in no hurry to use the cloud. Many still use legacy systems based on local software and infrastructure solutions that require substantial investments. But now, even the largest structures are getting there. Facilitated by cloud-based systems communication between doctors and patients. About telemedecineit has grown exponentially, allowing patients and healthcare providers to be anywhere.

Beyond digitizing medical records, medical imagery also needs to be stored for a longer period of time. Advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence have led to improved diagnoses of certain diseases such as cancers, beyond the capabilities of radiologists. But these tools need to be fed by increasingly large data collections to continue to gain sensitivity and reliability.

The digitization of all aspects of modern societies and the analysis and storage needs that come with it, inevitably leads to the increase and general use of cloud computing-related services. In addition, the development of the 5G network will make it possible to speed up exchanges but will also contribute to increasing the volume of stored data. The cloud is therefore, if not more so, a strategic issue.

By, David’s friendCEO of Wasabi Technologies

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