Cloud-Native to Be the New Norm in North America In 2022, Reveals Forrester

In two of its recent reports, deciphering the latest trends in enterprise cloud adoption, Forrester has revealed that cloud-native will be the new norm in North America in 2022.


In two of its recent reports, deciphering the latest trends in enterprise cloud adoption, Forrester has revealed that cloud-native will be the new norm in North America in 2022. The reports called the "The State of Cloud In US, 2022” & “The State of Cloud in Canada 2022" pronounce that the landscape of cloud will evolve and modernize at unprecedented rates in North America in 2022; consequently, more and more organizations will embrace cloud-native, making it the new normal.

Cloud computing is a major trend across all enterprises but North America is ahead of the curve when it comes to cloud adoption. It is important to know that not every organization has adopted cloud, as there are still some companies working with on-premise clouds, mostly inside their own data centers.

In fact, 94% of the enterprises in the US and 87% of Canadian enterprises use at least one type of cloud deployment — with a majority being hybrid or multi-cloud.

The cloud is quickly becoming the norm for US and Canadian enterprises. In this article, we endeavor to offer quantitative insight into where North American businesses stand with their cloud adoption rates, as well as a qualitative analysis of the factors driving change.

Cloud-native opens the door to cost savings, new apps, new markets, and a faster cloud journey. The adoption of Cloud-native stacks is growing across all regions and industries. Cloud-native is about enabling the organization to become more flexible, resilient, and agile so that no matter the application or workload, you can deliver business value.

Adoption of Cloud-Native Will Impact The Entire Enterprise Decision-Making Process

Cloud-native technology will disrupt the decision-making process for US and Canadian enterprises. Consequently, enterprise customers are liable to be embracing cloud-native, container, and serverless technologies.

Cloud-native is the natural evolution of cloud infrastructure and platform as a service (PaaS). The Cloud-native model is a hybrid cloud deployment that involves both an on-premises private cloud and an in-cloud PaaS platform.

As more and more organizations will be using both on-premises private cloud as well as public, hosted cloud platforms, the natural evolution of cloud computing is bound to follow.

Cloud-native combines the flexibility, elasticity, and agility of the cloud with the openness and reliability traditionally found only in private clouds. It's a hybrid cloud deployment that allows for public cloud features as you would expect from a PaaS environment.

According to Forrester, 14% of the professional developers in Canada are radially using containers on the public cloud and 16% use a serverless infrastructure.

In fact, Cloud-native is an optimal solution for enterprises running the hybrid cloud as the approach lets one run applications anywhere, at any time, on any cloud.

The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted many companies and caused a significant rise in cloud adoption. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating cloud usage for US enterprises in every industry.

As many as 41% of purchase influencers in the US who are focused on accelerating cloud adoption within their organizations acceded that pandemic has fueled cloud adoption. Moreover, 35% of the purchase influencers affirmed that due to the pandemic they would be increasingly switching to cloud services.

Indeed, following the vulnerable scenarios post the pandemic, seldom any technology will make an enterprise resilient like the cloud. It makes everything run faster and improves its response time by allowing the business to scale seamlessly. Cloud computing technology adoption is booming. As more and more businesses will adopt cloud computing, there will be immense opportunities for cloud providers to innovate and grow their businesses.

Increased Adoption of Cloud-Native Is Synonymous with Proliferation of Containerized Environment Such As Kubernetes

North America is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with a booming tech industry that continues to attract investment and innovation. Increased adoption of cloud-native goes hand-in-hand with the proliferation of containerized environments including technologies such as Kubernetes in North America and there are enough reasons why we should care.

What Are the New Trends in the Cloud Market in North America & Why Should We Care?

While many companies are embracing cloud-native technologies for their business applications, there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to adoption across all industries. Let’s have a look at how IT decision-makers are responding to the proliferation of containerized environments, by adopting Kubernetes as their de facto standard orchestration platform and what are the new trends in the cloud-native market that are shaping up:

1. North America IT Decision Makers Are Embracing Containers

The North American IT decision makers are embracing containers, in part, because they see it as the next generation of virtualization. In addition to being able to run on any infrastructure and consume less electricity than traditional virtual machines (VMs), containers also enable developers to create applications faster and with less effort.

Containers also enable DevOps teams to collaborate more efficiently across different organizations with regard to applications development lifecycle management (ADLM). As a result of these benefits, container adoption has become synonymous with a proliferation of containerized environments & Kubernetes in North America.

2. Kubernetes Is The Container Orchestration Platform Of Choice And Is Set To Become The De-Facto Standard

Kubernetes is the most popular container orchestration platform not just in North America but also in Europe and APAC. It has been adopted by a large number of companies including Google, Uber, and Amazon to name a few. With this growth in popularity comes an increase in adoption rates which means that Kubernetes will continue to spread across the globe.

3. DevOps Teams Are Embracing The Promise Of Cloud-Native, With Most (91%) Deploying Their Applications In A Containerized Environment

DevOps teams are increasingly embracing and subscribing to the promise of cloud-native.

More than 91% of DevOps teams in North America are deploying their applications in a containerized environment and more than half have already adopted microservices.

Cloud-native technology is helping companies achieve their digital transformation goals by enabling them to build faster, scale more efficiently and lower costs while keeping up with customer expectations for instant access and reliability.

Cloud-native technologies like Kubernetes allow organizations to build multi-cloud environments that provide seamless user experiences across all their clouds without sacrificing security or performance standards at any layer of abstraction - from machines running containers on bare metal servers to apps deployed onto public clouds such as Azure Container Service (ACS) or Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

4. Kubernetes Adoption Is On The Rise

Kubernetes adoption has increased multi-fold and this means that you need to be aware of its impact, especially in North America and beyond.

According to a recent report by 451 Research, Kubernetes has become the leading container orchestration platform for both public clouds and private clouds as well as for hybrid environments with both private and public clouds. The number of organizations that use Kubernetes has increased by an average of 50 percent every year since 2014.

5. IT Decision Makers Are Investing In Tools And Services To Manage Their Cloud-Native Applications

Kubernetes has captured a large share of the market because it's flexible, efficient, and easy to use. It's also open source and offers a huge range of features that allow you to manage your infrastructure without having any knowledge about underlying technology or vendor lock-in.

6. High-Level Takeaway For Marketers In The Kubernetes Ecosystem

The Kubernetes ecosystem is a prime example of how the market is embracing cloud-native and containerized environments. With 91% of DevOps teams already deployed their applications in a containerized environment, this technology no doubt possesses immense importance for all future-ready organizations in North America.

You don't need to be a Kubernetes expert to understand its importance: it's already a benchmark for building and deploying applications with microservices/microcontainers at scale.

What does this mean for marketers?

Well, it means you should start thinking about how you can integrate your existing brand content into this new paradigm—and make sure that your organization has all required resources available (including training).

7. A Growing Percentage of Companies and Developers are Embracing the Cloud-Native Technologies to Drive Digital Transformation

Cloud-native technologies are being adopted by more companies, and this trend is set to continue. When it comes to embracing cloud-native to match up with and drive an increased pace of digital transformation, it offers the following benefits:

  • Cost savings: Cloud-native applications are built for scale and elasticity, which enables them to minimize infrastructure costs. As a result, they can provide better performance at a lower cost compared to traditional application stacks that might require multiple servers or machines for each function.
  • Customer experience: With cloud-native applications, customers can expect fast execution times and improved reliability (i.e., zero downtime). You'll also see increased reliability because containers run in their own isolated environments with no external dependencies on the host operating system or other services running on top of it—so there's less chance of failure caused by a single component that was misconfigured or malfunctioning in some way.

To Sum It Up

Cloud-native technologies are here to stay, and they are all set to revolutionize the modern software development landscape in North America in particular as has been disclosed in the recent reports from Forrester. This technology offers a lot of benefits for IT decision makers, DevOps teams, as well as companies, and individual developers. As more organizations embrace cloud-native environments, it will become easier for them to manage their applications across both public clouds and private datacenters through tools such as OpenShift Enterprise Edition or Kubernetes Engine.

About Forrester

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