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Cloud computing trends for 2022 

Posted February 02, 2022 in News

Written by Terry May, Xpanxion Technical Writer

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Next year holds plenty of cloud computing trends 

No doubt about it. It’s the beginning of the year and every prognosticating pundit has their fortune teller hat on and is looking into their crystal ball to see what new cloud computing trends will evolve in 2022.  

So, let’s get that hat on and crystal ball out. For starters, cloud computing will continue its avalanache-esque growth, acceptance, and adoption. It’s time to keep up or get left behind. 

Here are a few more cloud computing trends to watch out for next year... 

Cloud, cloud, and more cloud 

Increasingly, more organizations will rollout wide cloud strategies (they’ll need them to understand all the new possibilities). The public cloud is expected to grow from $175 in 2018 to $331 billion in 2022. 

Sustainability will be applied to cloud computing, cutting energy costs to be “greener.” There will be more use of renewable energy for all that cloud computing power. 

Edge and the cloud 

Edge computing brings the processing closer to the ground (on or near the device). There are great opportunities for organizations to use computing power and new advanced technologies at the edge. Edge computing will find its way into all levels of society, if not already. Filtering edge data for exactly what you need will prevail. Fog computing is more complex computing of processes at the edge. Containers and Kubernetes make ideal platforms for the edge. Container-native storage provides core services, constant storage, high availability, and durability. Imagine seamless migration between the edge and the cloud. 

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Cloud-native will become a more popular term. It lets businesses build and deliver new software to customers quicker than regular cloud applications. It runs on a single hardware or software hub. Cloud native applications are built as a network of distributed containers and microservices. More teams can work on new features and service processes at the same time, making the pace of innovation faster. 


CCaaS-Cloud Computing as a Service will grow. Platform as a Service (PaaS) growth was up by 26.6% due to the pandemic in 2021. Software as a Service (SaaS) generates $20 billion per quarter, expected to rise 32% every year. Workers want scalable, high-performing, and more efficient infrastructure to carry out their demands (infrastructure will continue to be a big buzzword in 2022). 

There will be distributed cloud services between public and private clouds. In response, there will be more hybrids, more blending of processing power on both private and public clouds. 5G Edge computing will enable AI, automation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to work together. Sensors everywhere collect the data and channel it to the cloud. You can control the IoT from the cloud. However, there will still be private clouds to maintain control over data and business processes. 

AI & ML 

And of course, we know there will be continued use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Networks generate data that ML algorithms can use to develop AI applications for the cloud or the edge. 

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Cloud gaming 

And for those of you looking for more recreational activities, there is cloud gaming. Users do not need storage for entertainment libraries; they’re all up in the cloud. Streaming services rank higher in use. Eliminate piracy and play more than one game at a time (as if we all had the time to do that). But then again, if trends continue, there will be much retraining needed to keep up with the rapid changes, or much down time for those humans who can’t keep up. 

Low code, no code, and SASE 

Low-code and no-code development will grow in the coming years. A Gartner report says that by 2025, 70% of new applications developed will use low-code or no-code technologies, up from less than 25% in 2020. 

Secure access service edge (SASE) will grow into an indispensable service for businesses, especially those with multiple locations or equipment in the field. An example of this is Xpanxion’s own use of CATO, a SASE application. 

Cloud employment 

Employment trends: Businesses will need trained specialists and recruiters will need to place them where needed, that is, unless the robots take over more. Because … there will be more automation. Robots will take over maintenance, monitoring, and security. 

True, jobs will transform, but people will adapt. There will still be a need for skilled tech professionals. The robots can’t have all the jobs, they still need humans. 

Cloud skills needed 

Want to stay on top of the pace of change? Learn more about automation, APIs, portfolio management, Agile methods, containers and Kubernetes, site reliability engineering (SREs), system integration, data integration, application security, infrastructure as code and Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) for continuous improvement. And of course, AI and ML. These are the skills needed for the near future. 

How Xpanxion can help you 

Xpanxion can help you keep pace with the rapid changes and advances in cloud computing. Our expertise in Practices and Strategies can make sure you’re in the cloud game and winning. 


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