Author: Andrew Ho, Technical Director of Pure Storage Greater China

2022 is expected to be a year of recovery as countries around the world grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic. In the new year, business travel will gradually pick up, face-to-face meetings of all sizes will return to the agenda, and companies will adopt a hybrid office model that combines office and home. So, what trends can we expect in the enterprise storage space? In this article, I'll share broad expectations based on discussions with customers, grouped into four major trends not only related to enterprise storage itself, but also related areas that will impact how organizations store, Manage and protect one of your most valuable assets – data.

Trend 1: Containers will become a competitive differentiator for enterprises

CIOs are most concerned about digital transformation, a trend that will also accelerate in 2022, with a focus on finding differentiating factors for companies to improve their competitiveness, such as increased investment in technologies such as containers and Kubernetes. The CIO of the enterprise will focus on developing customized cloud-native modern applications and containerized microservices.

While containers and Kubernetes are driving industry development, they are also reshaping the way IT staff develop and run applications, which in turn drives enterprise IT efficiency, and such technologies will become more popular in 2022. For example, the number of startups focused on the application of Kubernetes in the security space will increase due to the general public interest in vulnerability management and reporting capabilities.

Trend 2: Backup and Recovery Helps Modernize Data Protection

Protecting a company's data assets is our second-biggest expectation for 2022, and it's also a top priority for CIOs. Information security isn't a new topic, but in the two years since the pandemic, the rise in ransomware attacks has created a whole new set of challenges for chief information security officers (CISOs). It is not enough to have a comprehensive security infrastructure, it is also necessary to ensure that there is an immutable copy of the data and that there is a way to quickly restore this data in the event of a ransomware attack.

We can also now see that organizations are also under pressure from various parties, including corporate boards, not to succumb to ransomware demands. Hence the emergence of "trusted infrastructure", which can solve the identity problem in the digital space through immutable technologies such as blockchain and security certificates.

Trend 3: Cloud is everywhere

In order to accelerate the pace of development, organizations are racing to adopt cloud operating models, including deploying the cloud on-premises. This model enables organizations to automate operations, create a flexible infrastructure, and in turn provide their organizations with on-demand access to data services.

Based on this, more automation and orchestration tools are expected to emerge in the future, enabling organizations to seamlessly deploy cloud operating models. Additionally, a subscription service model will also become the norm for faster speeds. At the same time, businesses will adopt technology more nuanced. For the non-core parts of their business, they prefer speed, resilience and simplicity, and choose to focus most of their energy and capital on their core areas in an as-a-service fashion.

Trend 4: Related technologies create more possibilities

In related areas that will indirectly impact storage, data will move further to the edge. As the world moves towards 5G and future technological innovations, IoT will drive more data to be generated and collected at the edge, which will require a powerful distributed IT infrastructure to manage and protect data at both the center and the edge. At the same time, vast amounts of unstructured data are being collected through billions of sensors, providing companies with deeper business insights.

Another related area is the emergence of Web 3.0. Previously, the introduction of Web 2.0 transformed the Internet from primarily static web pages to interactive experiences and user-generated content enabled by the advent of mobility, communities and the cloud. Right now, we are witnessing the next paradigm shift, Web 3.0 built on three foundational layers: edge computing, decentralized data networks (such as blockchain), and artificial intelligence. Web 3.0 will enable distributed users and machines to interact with data and value using a peer-to-peer network without third parties, thereby transferring ownership of data to an open, trustless and permissionless framework.

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2022 will be an exciting "year of technology" as the world becomes increasingly digital. The new year will see more exciting areas of technology, such as neuromorphic computing and the metaverse that we have to talk about, which may fill our imaginations. Get ready for a surprise journey in 2022!

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