Even before the pandemic, cloud computing had been on an established path. However, with remote work taking center stage during the pandemic, it has resulted in cloud computing becoming a top priority. The current scenario and market trend have resulted in technology showing exponential growth, and

Despite the world reverting to "normality," this new normal includes a greater appetite for cloud-based functions and solutions.

While organizations have started functioning, remote working has become part of this new normal. As a result, more organizations are nudging towards a cloud-first strategy. One of the main reasons cloud computing is taking the industry by storm is that cloud services are easy to scale up and down as per the requirements. It makes an excellent fit for businesses that experience traffic and demand fluctuations.

It has become apparent that cloud computing is here to stay and will give rise to new trends based on demand. Therefore, this article will discuss the top five cloud computing trends of 2022.

Some Figures About Cloud Computing 

Before we go into the trends of cloud computing for 2022, here are some facts and figures about the sci-fi-like buzzword that has become part of everyone's life. We will be looking into these facts and figures to showcase that cloud computing will grow further, and businesses will continue to use it despite companies' going 13 percent over budget on average cloud spending in 2022.

  • Data stored in the cloud by 2025 will be over 100 zettabytes. One zettabyte is equal to one billion terabytes. Yet, in 2015, only 25 percent of the world's computing data was stored in the cloud.
  • 94 percent of the workloads were processed in cloud data centers, of which SaaS processed 75 percent in 2021.
  • The market value of cloud computing will be $832.1 billion by 2025, up from $371.4 billion in 2020.As a result, the CAGR is 17.5 percent.
  • While North America has 61 percent of the cloud computing market, China is booming, with a 66 percent increase between 2019 and 2020.In 2019, China spent $11.5 billion on cloud infrastructure, which increased to $19 billion in 2020.
  • Cloud gaming is expected to generate $7.24 billion in revenue by 2027, up from $470 million in 2020.

Given these figures, it becomes evident that cloud computing's future is nothing but bright.

Top 5 Trends of Cloud Computing For 2022

Gartner has reported that 85 percent of organizations will be using a cloud-first policy by 2025. The simple reason is they will fail to execute the digital strategies to the fullest if the organizations do not adopt cloud-based technologies and architecture. Moreover, with the pandemic continuing to catalyze organizations, society, and the economy to adopt innovative digital technology, the adoption of cloud services has become vital, mainly when it comes to embracing remote, hybrid, and collaborative work.

As a result, new trends in cloud computing are developing, and here is a rundown of the top five trends of 2022.

1. Serverless Functioning 

Serverless computing has been in the market for quite a while now. However, when cloud-based computing is considered, a few things in this serverless functions are changing.

Many cloud computing services, even the giants in the market, are now offering enterprises the option of a pay-as-you-go model. This allows every size organization to pay for the services they are using. It boosts the cloud industry and the market because enterprises can scale without needing to invest a significant amount from the beginning. As the requirements grow, they can build it up on the existing structure by buying additional services.

Moreover, serverless functioning offers safe sandboxes for enterprises that can deploy their codes while eliminating the back-end failure risks. It is also predicted that in creating a better user experience, serverless computing will play a significant role.

2. Rise of Edge Computing 

In cloud computing, typically the data is stored at a central location, which can be anywhere in the world. The approach stores data in the cloud environment but in a localized data center with edge computing. It means the data's computation is stored in a nearby area.

Edge computing will thus enable the application's performance improvement and decrease latency issues. In addition, the decentralized computing architecture will allow end-users to save money.

Though it is currently used for time-saving data and is often considered competition for cloud computing, cloud, and edge computing complement each other. The latter is set to expand in the next few years. Also, edge computing offers improved connectivity, increases data processing speed, and offers enhanced privacy and security support. As a result, any company seeking to reduce latency will turn to edge computing in the coming years.

3. Blockchain Being Enabled By Kubernetes 

Blockchain has already revolutionized the way we deal with data. Maintaining an accurate record of each transaction provides a shared digital ledger with tamper-evident records of the public and private networks without relying on any central authority.

Though the current blockchain infrastructure fails to support big data management and storage with Kubernetes, organizations can deploy, scale, and manage big data in a containerized infrastructure.

Kubernetes is an open-source platform for blockchain that allows a rapid scalability environment with multiple containers that can run the key services. Additionally, it offers service interoperability between different architectures of various organizations. In coming years, the adoption of the Kubernetes cluster might become a standard procedure for enterprises.

4. Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure 

Due to the pandemic and the rise of remote working, most enterprises have overcome the initial phase of migrating to cloud services. However, they are now looking for a better solution where the required data can be put on a public server while the sensitive data on private servers can be monitored. The need of the hour is to integrate both, which leads to a multi-cloud environment where different services from multiple suppliers can be used in tandem.

It is believed the new trend will be developing cloud-native applications that will not depend on any specific cloud provider. Already, organizations have been using multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategies, but in 2022, even SMEs will follow the trend.

5. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Cloud Computing 

From the time of AI's inception, it has been seen that both work together, with AI powering cloud computing while cloud computing delivers AI services. Also, cloud computing has helped increase the customer base of AI by democratizing the technology. Also, cloud computing is allowing SMEs to access services that are AI-backed.

When cloud computing is combined with AI, enterprises can get both the technology and cost-effectively utilize its benefits. AI helps the cloud manage the data and get insight into the data. On the other hand, cloud computing constantly provides data backup with a recovery system for the virtual environment. As a result, the trend of using a combined service will be seen on the rise in 2022.

Final Words

Technology and cloud computing have become the biggest winners over the last couple of years. It enabled flexibility in the operation of organizations while offering cost-efficiency. With this trend, the importance of cloud computing will continue to rise and will create a more dynamic digital architecture that will be beneficial for economic, societal, and organizational growth. As a result, new cloud-native trends will develop as enterprises continue to adopt new ones.