The coming year promises to be another year of economic uncertainty, Gartner analysts predict. Gartner vice president Paul Delory said clouds, data centers and edge infrastructure will be affected by economic and geopolitical forces. Teams responsible for building and managing infrastructure are likely to face budget cuts, supply chain disruptions and shortages of skilled staff.
Analysts noted that many already use cloud services, although not always efficiently. In 2023, due to the lack of new projects, most companies will have time to optimize existing cloud resources and pay off technical debt. The cloud has now made flexibility and redundancy available to everyone, which previously only large companies could afford.
The benefits of the public cloud are increasingly in demand, even for on-premises workloads. Analysts say data center operators want to make their on-premises infrastructure more cloud-like; This also applies to colocation providers, who increasingly offer not only space but also equipment on demand. For all but the largest companies, building and maintaining their own data center no longer makes financial sense.
Data center managers are also encouraged to adopt containerized infrastructure and Kubernetes and then extend their hosting capabilities to other services such as managed DBMS. Public clouds have long offered these services, but if they are not available in the enterprise data center, developers will likely still turn to the cloud for them, regardless of whether it is the best choice of architecture for their workloads. At the same time, Gartner provides enterprises with automatic and transparent backup of containerized applications with the ability to restore workloads across multiple platforms.
Gartner sees long delays in the delivery of new IT equipment, averaging 200 days within a year for some customers. Therefore, data centers must “activate” their existing assets and not wait for them to be renewed. And for that, they need to implement the above cloud models. Additionally, manufacturers now offer consumption-based pricing models. In times of supply chain uncertainty, such models shift supply chain management risks to a supplier that is better equipped to handle them.
Analysts believe that new types of workloads will require new types of infrastructure in the coming year. Due to the processing of large volumes of data currently being generated outside the data center, the requirements for the latest infrastructures are increasing, the presence of which becomes mandatory in the case of data-intensive calculations. Even CDNs now offer an expanded array of services at the edge, including serverless, database managed, and storage capabilities. This allows complex workloads to run completely at the edge.
Edge infrastructure can now be used to meet data sovereignty requirements, deploy complex phased software, or place static assets as close to end users as possible. In some cases, “traditional” cloud IaaS solutions may no longer be necessary as a CDN becomes an infrastructure rather than a simple data delivery network.
In 2021, Gartner identified a “skills disconnect” in management teams as one of the top challenges for 2022. Skills shortages will remain a key barrier to infrastructure modernization initiatives through 2023. Gartner tracks job postings to determine the most in-demand skills. According to recent data, Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and Kubernetes top the list of those skills.