From multicloud to quantum computing: 5 predictions for 2023

From a pandemic to an economic crisis and a war… Our businesses have been put to the test in recent years. It is therefore not easy to predict what will come our way in 2023. At least these are the five trends that will be on NetApp’s radar in the coming year.

1. The rise of evolved cloud and multicloud continues

More and more services are moving from an on-prem environment to the cloud, which means that the importance of multicloud will continue to increase in 2023. The research firm Gartner even expects that we will reach a tipping point in terms of on-premises versus cloud – expenses in 2025.

Of course, this prediction of migration to the cloud comes as a bit of a surprise, but we expect the trend to accelerate in the coming year. On the one hand, this is due to supply chain issues that require customers to look beyond on-site hardware for their procurement challenges. And on the other hand, that shift also supports the sustainability goals they pursue.

The rapid adoption of multicloud is actually even more interesting. For example, 89% of enterprises are already using multiple clouds to manage IT services, operations and infrastructure. Some organizations may have ended up in such a multicloud environment by necessity or even by accident.

Of course, this prediction of migration to the cloud comes as a bit of a surprise, but we expect the trend to accelerate in the coming year.

Stephane Jacobs, Senior Manager Solutions Engineering Belux & Defino at NetApp

Supply chain challenges have led them to join multiple cloud providers that provide them with security, scalability and flexibility beyond their data center for innovation. In practice, this has made everything unnecessarily complex, which is why companies increasingly focus on common services for all clouds.

2. Companies are looking for niche skills

The shift to multicloud also has an impact on the skills gap that companies have faced for years. The fierce battle to recruit and retain talent is shifting to attract niche skills. After all, it is not easy to find people skilled in one particular cloud. Assembling teams that can work in multiple clouds will therefore be quite a challenge and will remain a focus well beyond 2023.

Companies also need teams that can innovate and build. But if employees are only involved in executive tasks, there is not much room for that innovation. Ultimately, organizations will increasingly favor potential over talent. To do that, they must also be willing to give their team members the training they need to succeed.

3. Suppliers must be able to demonstrate that they are sustainable

Sustainability will only become more important in 2023. So much so that IT customers are demanding more and more data to back up their vendors’ claims. Suppliers must demonstrate that they are effectively striving for more sustainability in their value chain and that they are making products that support the demand for sustainable solutions. They will have to intensify their efforts to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities and equipment.

In addition, they must provide customers with tools to categorize their data and determine what is efficient in the cloud. Given that 68% of our data is only used once, moving unused data to the cloud can have a positive impact on the planet. After all, in the cloud, the data can be layered and stored as cold storage.

4. Cyber ​​strategies emphasize detection and rapid recovery

A virus, an economic crisis, a war, … Today’s world is the ideal breeding ground for cybercrime, so companies must constantly increase their cyber resilience. To protect data around the clock and recover it quickly, they depend more than ever on IT tools.

Organizations are realizing that the question is no longer if they will be attacked, but when and how often. In the past, a cyber security strategy focused on anticipating an attack. Now it’s much more about how you react during an attack and how you recover quickly from an incident. Detection, protection and recovery are the keywords for cyber security in 2023.

5. Hybrid quantum computers move from theory to practice

Certain components of AI technology are passed on to quantum systems. A mix of traditional HPC and quantum will help solve some of the most complex problems. This trend is also forcing companies to think more about encrypting their data. Criminals are increasingly creative in finding loopholes, and businesses need to be equally sophisticated when it comes to their security measures.

Criminals are increasingly creative in finding loopholes, and businesses need to be equally sophisticated when it comes to their security measures.

Stephane Jacobs, Senior Manager Solutions Engineering Belux & Defino at NetApp

Although this will not happen overnight, we should be aware that quantum computing will eventually threaten data encryption. While our current computers take decades to break encryption algorithms, quantum will be able to crack existing encryption protocols in less than a decade.

Imagine designing and building a military fighter jet that can easily take more than a decade to complete; then the aircraft is operational for twenty years, after which all data about the aircraft and its missions must remain secret for another twenty years. Overall, the information must therefore be protected for more than 50 years. In all that time, a cybercriminal only has to steal the data once and then patiently wait for the quantum power needed to decipher everything. So we need to think a lot more about how we protect our data, taking into account both simple theft methods and more sophisticated encryption and unlocking techniques.

Additionally, it is of course a good thing that we are making progress in cybersecurity and moving toward a cloud-based approach that solves problems that once seemed intractable.


This is a contribution from Stephane Jacobs, Senior Manager Solutions Engineering Belux & Defino at NetApp. You can find more information about their solutions here.

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