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Cloud Computing Trends to Watch in 2022

As organizations embrace data-driven business models, remote and hybrid work environments and global supply chains, cloud computing is more popular than ever. New capabilities and deployment models continue to emerge, offering businesses of all sizes and across all industries greater choice in how they consume, use and benefit from their cloud investments.

Companies can take advantage of all of this without the need to purchase and maintain their own IT infrastructure, helping to conserve their IT budgets. That’s particularly attractive to smaller and fast-growing businesses that can now access advanced technology previously out of reach.

What Are the Trends in Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing trends demonstrate how this technology is changing the way businesses operate and how they allocate their IT budgets. Significantly, public cloud users (who share computing resources) no longer have to purchase and maintain hardware and other infrastructure or manage IT upgrades and software patches — that responsibility now falls on their cloud vendors. This leaves businesses and their IT teams able to focus on core business objectives like innovation, new product or service offerings and hiring new talent. It also helps to level the playing field for growing businesses that could not afford the steep price tag of advanced technologies they can now access through a subscription.

Underscoring this shift, Gartner shows that worldwide spending on public cloud services will total $397.5 billion in 2022, an increase of 47% since 2020, according to research firm Gartner. Market intelligence group IDC forecasts total worldwide spending on cloud services will exceed $1 trillion in 2024. Additional trends revolve around new cloud delivery models, technologies, operating models, security and application development.

19 Key Trends in Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is now seen as a linchpin for businesses that want to work smarter, focus on what they do best and complete projects faster. From warehouse managers looking to strip complexity from their shipping operations to retail bank CIOs spearheading the development of new online banking applications, the use cases for cloud computing are virtually limitless.

With access to on-demand computing power, highly scalable platforms and a more flexible approach to IT spending, the cloud has gone from emerging technology to an indispensable IT resource. Below we outline 19 trends, grouped into five categories, that are shaping the future of cloud computing.

Cloud Delivery Models

Cloud services can be delivered in a variety of ways. The delivery model a company chooses to use varies based on its functionality requirements and the maturity of its IT and data governance needs. While public software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions remain the largest market segment, vendors increasingly offer solutions that cater to a wide range of customers and requirements.

  1. SaaS: Software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications deliver software over the internet that users access via a browser. The vendor manages the hardware, database, security and infrastructure, while users typically have some ability to configure the software to their needs. In the business context, these applications are often departmental. For example, customer relationship management for sales, service and marketing, HR software for HR.

  2. PaaS: Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud solutions provide developers with the software and operating sy