Cloud is the clear future. It presents the ability to enhance speed, work mobile globally, save on upfront data center investment, and benefit from massive economies of scale. Companies need Cloud to stay competitive. As the world takes shape in 2022, new trends emerge after the pandemic. Here are the seven most important 2022 Cloud Trends.
Flexera, a SaaS-based IT management solution explores the thinking of 753 respondents from around the globe to unearth new trends in the cloud.
All Organizations are Using at Least One Cloud
Ninety-six percent of organizations have subscriptions to Amazon Web Service (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and more. Meanwhile, 84 percent have invested in at least one private cloud. Eighty percent are using hybrid clouds.
Microsoft Azure is on the Rise
Microsoft Azure, the second most popular cloud platform is on the rise with a 21% market share. Most, if not all, subscribers are attracted to its smooth integration with Microsoft Teams, the leading digital collaboration app employed by over 330,000 companies worldwide.
Growth of SMB Cloud Usage
Small and medium businesses are using the cloud more. Fifty-three percent of SMBs spent more than $1.2 million—up from 38 percent reported last year.
Organizations Embrace Multi-cloud
Almost all organizations have adopted multi-cloud. Eighty-nine percent of Cloud users are using a multi-cloud strategy.
Most are taking a hybrid approach, combining the use of both public and private clouds.
Seventy-nine percent of Cloud users incorporate multiple public clouds, and 60 percent use more than one private.
Public Cloud Adoption Accelerates
Companies opt to subscribe to AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud rather than invest in their own cloud facility. This allows them to begin with the resources they need and design their architecture to automatically respond to changing demand by scaling out or in.
Public Cloud adoption is encouraged by platforms such as AWS Cloud that have offerings to cater to different business needs. Enhanced safety features also help.
Both in 2022 and 2021, 36 percent of enterprises reported an annual spend of more than $12 million, and 83 percent declared a yearly spend of more than $1.2 million.
Twenty-two percent of SMBs spend less than $600,000 annually. Nearly half of enterprise workloads and data are in a public cloud.
COVID-19 Increased Cloud Usage, though not as much
Sixty-six percent of users said cloud usage is higher than initially planned this year.
Organizations are More Open to Storing Sensitive Data in Public Cloud
More than half of users consider moving sensitive consumer data to the cloud, which reflects increasing confidence in the security tools.
Respondent Profile for 2022 Cloud Trends
Thirty-one percent of the respondents are from organizations with over 10,000 employees, 15% have between 5,000-10,000, 21% have 2,001 to 5,000, 12% have 1,001 to 2,000, 14% have 101 to 1,000, and 7% have 1 to 100.
The respondents are also segmented by region.
- The Americas is comprised of respondents from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil
- Europe includes respondents from a broad set of countries
- The Asia-Pacific region is comprised of respondents from China, Australia, India, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea
Finally, the respondents are also segmented by industry.
The respondents—global cloud decision-makers and users—revealed their experiences and insights about the public, private and multi-cloud market.
Modern enterprises are keen on optimizing hybrid IT, rightsizing cloud environments, leveraging consumption intelligence to plan cloud migrations, and looking for the best data to optimize spending through negotiation readiness.
Today’s top challenges for organizations of all sizes are security, managing cloud spending, and a lack of resources or expertise.
Understanding current cloud computing trends can help guide your organization’s digital business decision-making processes, vendor and technology selection, cost forecasting, and investment strategies to support the upcoming stages of your cloud journey.