Forecasting tech-storm trends in 2023: Role of the cloud and PaaS

If we were to describe 2022 in one word, ‘disruptive’ would be a good contender. The tech scene felt the aftershocks of climate change, data breaches, and the quantum computing.

What does 2023 have in store for the tech sector?

But even with disruption, the cloud shows no signs of slowing down, with cloud computing spending in Australia set to reach over $25bn by 2025. As we prepare ourselves for 2023, we enter the eye of the storm to forecast the hot and cold topics for all things data science.

Sustainable Cloud

Sustainability and cloud services continue to take the tech world by storm. Global emissions trajectories place the world on a dangerous path that is far from limiting global warming to 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels, with data centres generating more energy than entire nations. The climate change and global warming impacts are influencing progress in the data science space, without the expense of greater digitalisation, catering for a sustainable cloud.

We have already seen advances in water-cooling technology which has existed for the last twenty years but conscientious cloud providers are taking it up a notch by self-monitoring power and even water usage with best-in-class indexes, and coming up with carbon calculators to help customers understand their actual cloud carbon footprint.

Protecting our planet has motivated techies to innovate groundbreaking tech that conserve the world’s limited materials. Circular economy, renewable energy and low-carbon energy sources will all be part of the contributions to global net-zero and zero-landfill commitments.

But as govts around the world develop regulation and sustainable practice in the race to net-zero, the expectation and need for sustainability will not only drive companies to achieve better in 2023, but also give back in a way that both harnesses and conserves the planet.

Data Security

High-profile hacks placed data security at the forefront of businesses, industries and govts this year. The attacks left clients feeling vulnerable, exposing holes in the armour of what were some of Aussies’ most trustworthy businesses and prompting them to rethink where and how data should be stored. The cloud can anticipate seeing processing data, at the edge or even on clients’ data centre sites, particularly for sensitive data, as an emerging trend.

For customers dealing with super sensitive data, disconnected data centres look to be the future, providing hardware, software and management solutions in “secret locations”, all the while ensuring those data centres are off the grid and away from prying eyes.

Data Sovereignty

The combination of rising geopolitical tensions and cyber attacks have positioned data protection discussions at the forefront for both governments and businesses alike, encouraging businesses to consider keeping sensitive data on local soil. Although governments have already set out the foundation for data localisation policies in recent years, we can anticipate seeing emerging local data storage patterns take the spotlight.

After all, the security of data is non-negotiable. Concerns about data storage will drive data sovereignty as a major trend. As the demand for local storage grows, so must compliance across data zones with the assistance of cloud providers and a subsequent open ecosystem.

PaaS

The road to recovery for businesses from the pandemic has been full of hurdles. Obstacles like suppressed profitability, diminished cash flows and financial reserves exacerbate the road to recovery. But the digital climate necessities for businesses to constantly innovate ensures they stay in the race and not fall behind. The adoption of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions will be on the uptick as the race to engage customers escalates on the digital front.

Investments in other emerging technologies such as big data and IoT applications will add to this growth, with PaaS providing businesses with accessibility to advanced technologies in the cloud without the extra weight of cost in infrastructure. As the competition continues to advance, PaaS will be a door that enables businesses to switch lanes towards innovation.

Quantum

Like the multiverse, the eclipse between theory and computing continues to cross in more ways that we could have imagined. First conceived in the early 1980s, quantum computing aims to use the quantum behaviours of quantum objects to solve some problems faster than classical computers or even supercomputers, and with less power. Quantum computing will break the shackles of linear possibilities, evolving the way industries go about researching.

From cryptography to machine learning, the potential of quantum computing is limitless. While the current tech remains far from mature, forerunners are building ecosystems through partnerships with startups and players with quantum emulation and simulation services.

Thus making quantum emulation tech more accessible to research labs, universities, startups and large firms looking to design quantum software and explore pioneering apps ahead of the quantum computing market. It is safe to say that the crystal balls and tarot cards are in agreement – quantum computing is coming and the investment needs to start now.

Tech is a storm that continues to sweep the world with new developments and innovations. As the world continues to navigate a sea filled with disruption, challenges and hurdles, tech will continue to reinvent itself. These data science trends will act as the building blocks that will help businesses know the ropes and ready the sails for an exciting and stormy 2023.

Lionel Legros is the Vice President and General Manager for APAC at OVHcloud.