Tech valuations could get worse. Here’s why we’re still optimistic

After a two-year epic run in tech shares, 2022 has been an epically unhealthy 12 months available in the market. Through yesterday, the Nasdaq composite index is down 30%, the S&P 500 is off 21%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 16% and the poor HODLers of bitcoin have needed to endure an almost 60% decline year-to-date.

But judging by the attendance and enthusiasm at main in-person tech occasions this spring, you’d by no means know that tech was within the tank. Moreover, strolling across the streets of Las Vegas, the place most tech conferences are held, one can’t assist however discover that the great people of Main Street don’t appear in the slightest degree involved that the financial system is headed for a recession.
In this Breaking Analysis, we’ll share our fundamental takeaways from the primary half of 2022 and discuss concerning the outlook for tech going ahead — and why, regardless of some fairly regarding headwinds, we stay sanguine about tech typically however particularly enterprise tech.
‘It’s the financial system, silly’

Inflation is excessive and sticky. Other than final 12 months, the earlier inflation excessive this century was in July 2008, hitting 5.6%. Inflation is proving to be very laborious to regulate. Gas is $7 a gallon in lots of locations and vitality costs aren’t going to drop all of the sudden. Interest charges are climbing which is able to finally ripple by to the housing market.
We’re seeing layoffs at firms similar to Tesla Inc. and the cryptocurrency names. Yet staff are still in brief provide and so wages are rising. Retailers are struggling to seek out the correct stock combine and corporations similar to Target Stores Inc. and Walmart Inc. can’t confidently information on earnings.
We’ve seen a model of this film earlier than. But we don’t imagine it’s Y2K once more. That bubble burst primarily as a result of the run-up was fueled by firms with shaky or no viable enterprise fashions. This time round we’ve seen a very exuberant marketplace for excessive progress and legitimately good firms that received a slingshot impact from the pandemic. And all of the sudden, with pursuits charges rising, different worth investments look extra worthwhile when the quants run the discounted money movement fashions.
As it pertains to the tech sector particularly, Crawford Del Prete, chief govt of International Data Corp., broke it down on theCUBE. Here’s how he sees it:
Eighty % of firms used COVID as their level to pivot into digital transformation, and to take a position another way. What we noticed is that tech is now the place firms have to focus. They have to spend money on tech. They have to make individuals extra productive with tech and it performed out within the numbers.
Now, this 12 months what’s fascinating is we’re two vastly totally different markets. We’ve received gasoline at $7 a gallon. We’ve received that affecting meals costs. Interesting enjoyable reality, lately, it now prices over $1,000 to fill an 18 Wheeler. So, if you consider it, a household has type of this bag of cash. And that bag of cash goes up by possibly 3% to 4% yearly, relying upon earnings. So if meals and gas and hire are taking on extra of the household funds, devices and client tech should not going to be prioritized. You’re going to make use of that iPhone just a little longer. You’re going to make use of that Android cellphone just a little longer. You’re going to make use of that TV just a little longer. So, client tech is getting crushed. You noticed it instantly in advert spending at Meta and Facebook. Consumer tech could be very, very robust.
But enterprise tech is totally different. We haven’t been within the workplace for 2 and a half years. We haven’t upgraded whether or not that be campus wifi, whether or not that be servers, whether or not that be business PCs, as a lot as we’d have. So, in enterprise tech, we’re seeing double-digit order charges, we’re seeing sturdy, sturdy demand. We have mixed that with a part scarcity and also you’re seeing some enterprise firms with 1 / 4 of backlog. I imply, that’s actually exceptional.
Listen to IDC CEO Crawford Del Prete clarify the spending dynamics in client versus enterprise tech at this time.
The similar music is enjoying at main tech occasions: Face-to-face is again

Late final 12 months, theCUBE had an enormous presence at AWS re:Invent, the primary in-person re:Invent since 2019. And it was actually well-attended. Now this was earlier than the consequences of the Omicron variant have been actually understood. And within the first quarter of 2022, issues have been fairly quiet so far as tech occasions go.
But we’ve been busy this spring and early summer time with 12 bodily occasions, as proven on this slide above. Coupa Inspire, Women in Data Science at Stanford… each smaller however well-attended occasions. SF Summit for AWS was a bit off, frankly with COVID considerations on the rise. But then we hit Dell Tech World, which was filled with round 7,000 attendees. DockerCon was digital however we embody it on this checklist as a result of it was an enormous international occasion with many tens of hundreds watching at watch events world wide.
Red Hat Summit was actually fascinating. It was purposefully scaled down and become a smaller VIP occasion in Boston on the Westin… a pair thousand individuals solely – very intimate with a a lot bigger digital viewers. VeeamON was very well-attended, not as massive as earlier variations however higher than anticipated and really energetic. KubeCon+Cloud NativeCon was very profitable in Spain and PagerDuty Summit was a smaller, intimate occasion in San Francisco.
Then the data-focused reveals began to hit. MongoDB World was on the new Javits Center and was actually well-attended over the three-day interval – plenty of builders and businesspeople. Then the Snowflake Summit in Las Vegas – it was essentially the most vibrant from the standpoint of the ecosystem, with practically 10,000 attendees; we’ll come again to that in a second. Re:MARS is Amazon’s AI/robotics occasion – smaller however a really cool content material program.
And simply final week, HPE Discover had about 8,000 individuals attending. TheCUBE has been to a dozen or extra Discover occasions within the U.S. and Europe over the previous decade and this was by far essentially the most vibrant, with the most effective messaging readability and focus.
HPE’s international director of technical advertising and marketing described the comeback in face-to-face completely on this clip.
So we see tech occasions are again, however they’re a bit smaller with a digital overlay. They’re hybrid. And simply to provide you some context: SiliconANGLE executed on 12 bodily occasions within the first half of 2022. In 2019, by June of that 12 months, we had carried out 35 bodily occasions. Yeah… 35.
And what’s maybe extra fascinating is we had the most important first half in our 12-year historical past this 12 months… as a result of we’re doing a lot hybrid and digital to enhance the bodily. The new format is CUBE + Digital.
Everyone’s still making an attempt to determine it out, however it’s clear that occasions are again and there’s no changing face-to-face; or belly-to-belly as we prefer to say. Because offers are carried out at bodily occasions. Pipelines are stronger popping out of bodily occasions. But the post-event digital continues to ship the long-tail impact.
The backside line is that hybrid is the brand new mannequin.
Themes in first-half 2022: It all the time comes again to information

Of course, the one megatrend that’s every little thing is going on underneath the umbrella of digital transformation. We gained’t discuss that an excessive amount of – you’ve had loads of DX Kool-Aid injected into your veins the previous 27 months.
Data ecosystems are re-forming – Snowflake has the lead
One of the primary observations we’ll share is that the so-called massive information ecosystem that was evident in the course of the Hadoop years – after which dispersed because of cloud computing – is starting to coalesce once more. There are clearly massive pockets within the varied clouds, particularly Amazon Web Services Inc. And we positively see an ecosystem forming round MongoDB Inc.. And the open supply group gathering within the Databricks Inc. ecosystem. Databricks coming at it laborious from an open-source expertise angle, however its lack of ability to make it to an preliminary public providing in the course of the COVID bubble considerably hurts its visibility and attractiveness to companions in our view.
But essentially the most notable momentum is throughout the Snowflake Inc. ecosystem. Snowflake is transferring quick to win the day within the information ecosystem. They’re offering a single platform that’s bringing totally different information varieties collectively – dwell information from methods of report and methods of engagement along with so-called methods of perception. These are converging and though others – notably Oracle Corp. – are architecting for this new actuality, Snowflake is main with ecosystem momentum.
Snowflake shouldn’t be with out its challenges, thoughts you. As it strikes past being a less complicated and higher cloud information warehouse, and brings alternatives to companions, it additionally brings extra complexity and consternation round the place to focus. And it brings considerations to companions that their lunch will get eaten both by Snowflake or by one other firm within the ecosystem. This is maybe an advantageous dynamic for Snowflake as a result of it forces its ecosystem companions to concentrate on being best-of-breed, not less than because it pertains to taking part within the Snowflake ecosystem.
Further, a brand new sort of information stack is rising that includes cloud infrastructure on the backside, information and a platform-as-a-service layer for app dev, and it’s enabling an ecosystem of companions to construct information services that may be monetized.
Let’s dig into that additional in a second.
You’re additionally seeing machine intelligence and information being pushed into functions. The information and utility stacks are coming collectively to assist the acceleration of bodily into digital. It’s taking place proper earlier than our eyes. In each business.
Cloud is evolving into ‘supercloud’
We’re additionally seeing the evolution of cloud. It began with the unfold of software-as-a-service within the enterprise the place organizations realized they didn’t must run their very own software program on prem. And it made sense to maneuver to SaaS for buyer relationship administration or human sources, definitely e-mail and collaboration and sure elements of enterprise useful resource planning.
Early infrastructure as a service actually was about getting out of the info heart infrastructure administration enterprise – name that cloud 1.0. And then 2.0 was actually about altering the working mannequin and now we’re seeing that working mannequin spill into on-premises workloads. Finally.
We’re speaking right here about initiatives similar to Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.’s GreenLake and Dell Technologies Inc.’s APEX. John Furrier had an fascinating remark that principally that is HPE’s and Dell’s Outposts. In a manner, what HPE and Dell are doing is what Outposts ought to be.
We discover that fascinating as a result of AWS’ Outposts was a wakeup name in 2018 and a shot throughout the bow on the legacy gamers. And they initially responded with versatile monetary schemes, however lastly we’re seeing actual platforms emerge. We noticed this at Discover and at Dell Tech World: early implementations of the cloud working mannequin on-prem. Honestly… consoles and billing just like AWS circa 2014. But it’s a begin that may enable them to defend their respective turfs.
And gamers similar to Dell and HPE have benefits with respect to their buyer bases, their service organizations, their massive portfolios  – very massive within the case of Dell – and the truth that they’ve extra mature and strong product stacks (for instance in storage) and know the right way to run and assist mission-critical enterprise functions on-prem. So John’s remark was fascinating that these corporations are principally constructing their model of Outposts.
Listen to John Furrier’s tackle Amazon Outposts’ problem.
And that is establishing Cloud 3.0 or supercloud as we prefer to name it: an abstraction layer above the clouds that serves as a unifying expertise throughout the continuum of on-prem, cross-clouds and out to the close to and much edge.
Near edge, far edge and ‘tiny edge’
The edge is as fragmented as ever, with examples like retail shops on the close to edge, outer area because the far edge and “web of issues” gadgets because the so-called tiny edge.
Listen to SUSE’s Keith Basil clarify the tiny edge.
And nobody actually is aware of how the tiny edge goes to play out, however it’s fairly clear that it’s not going to comprise conventional x86 methods with a cool title tossed out to the sting. Rather, it’s seemingly going to require a brand new low-cost, low-power excessive efficiency structure, most definitely Arm-based, that may allow issues similar to real-time AI inference on the edge. We’ve talked about this loads on Breaking Analysis, so we gained’t double-click on this. Suffice it to say that it’s very doable new improvements will emerge from the tiny edge that could finally disrupt the enterprise.
Data safety as an adjacency to safety: Whither VMware?
Two different fast observations. One is that information safety is changing into a a lot nearer cohort to the safety stack the place information immutability, air gaps and quick restoration are more and more changing into a elementary part of a safety technique to fight ransomware and get well from different potential hacks or disasters. Veeam Software Inc. is claiming the No. 1 income spot in a statistical lifeless warmth with Dell’s information safety enterprise… this based on IDC. And in order that area continues to be of curiosity.
And lastly… Broadcom Inc.’s acquisition of VMware Inc. can have ripple results all through the enterprise expertise enterprise. Many questions stay, however one different that John Furrier was considering lately: He stated, “Imagine if VMware runs higher on Broadcom elements. And OEMs that use Broadcom run VMware higher. Maybe Broadcom doesn’t even have to boost costs on VMware licenses… possibly they’ll simply increase costs on the OEMs and allow them to increase costs to the tip buyer.”
Interesting thought. Because Broadcom is so profit-and-loss-focused, that’s in all probability not going to be the prevailing mannequin… however we’ll see what occurs to a few of the strategic initiatives similar to Monterey and Capitola and Thunder. That’s one of many massive considerations as a result of it’s how OEMs – like those constructing their variations of Outposts – will compete with the cloud distributors on worth/efficiency and processor optionality sooner or later.
How the info stack is altering
Let’s come again to that information stack remark made earlier.

We talked earlier about how the massive information ecosystem that when was coalescing round Hadoop grew to become dispersed. There have been a number of components, together with Cloudera Inc.’s fateful determination handy over the group occasion, Hadoop World, to O’Reilly Media. O’Reilly co-opted the model, modified the title to Strata + Hadoop World, then deemphasized the latter title and elbowed Cloudera out of the image. O’Reilly finally killed the occasion. It was a colossal failure in advertising and marketing for Cloudera, an innovator that received the complete big-data motion began.
But that wasn’t the one problem. Hadoop was advanced, with too many instruments to assist, which bled firms similar to Cloudera and Hortonworks Inc. dry. And then the cloud fully disrupted the ecosystem, which realized that cloud computing was a superior infrastructure choice to on-prem white bins. The accomplice ecosystem grew to become extra confused and fragmented. Some firms similar to MongoDB efficiently pivoted to the cloud and are thriving, as are most of the instruments distributors. But it has been an extended and generally painful journey.
A brand new information worth chain is rising – vibrant ecosystems are important
And now the info worth chain is re-forming and we predict it seems to be one thing like the image above, the place cloud infrastructure lives on the backside. We’ve stated many instances the cloud is increasing and evolving, and if firms similar to Dell and HPE can actually construct a supercloud infrastructure expertise, then they are going to be able to seize extra of the info worth. If not, then it’ll go to the cloud gamers. Our guess is that initiatives similar to GreenLake and APEX, together with related however considerably much less seen choices from the likes of IBM Corp., Cisco Systems Inc. and Lenovo Group Ltd., will enable these firms to efficiently defend their positions available in the market.
Whether they take the following step to fund and construct out disruptive supercloud ecosystems is a a lot longer-shot guess.
Listen to Constellation Research analyst Holger Mueller talk about HPE GreenLake’s progress.
Back to the stack: There’s a dwell information layer that’s more and more being converged into platforms that not solely simplifies (or eliminates) the motion and extracting, reworking and loading of information, but in addition permits organizations to compress the time to worth. An excellent instance Snowflake makes use of is taking years of the time it takes to develop a brand new drug and get it by the system.
There’s a layer above that – the super-PaaS layer if you’ll – that should comprise open-source tooling. And then companions within the ecosystem will write functions and leverage platform APIs to construct information services that may be monetized on the high of the stack.
So whenever you observe the battle for the info future it’s unlikely that anybody firm can do that all on their very own. Which is why we regularly joke that the 2020s model of a sweaty Steve Ballmer working across the stage screaming, “DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS!!!” is now about “Ecosystem Ecosystem Ecosystem!”
Because when you’ll want to fill gaps and speed up options and supply optionality, the checklist of capabilities on the left aspect of the chart will come from a wide range of locations: catalogs, AI instruments, information science capabilities, information high quality, governance instruments, visualization, semantic layers, information safety instruments, safety and so forth.
And it ought to be of no shock to followers of Breaking Analysis that on the correct hand aspect of this chart we’re together with the 4 ideas of information mesh popularized by Zhamak Dehghani – decentralized information possession, information as product, self service platform and automatic/computational governance (coverage).
Now whether or not this imaginative and prescient turns into a actuality by way of a proprietary platform like Snowflake or by some means is replicated by way of open supply stays to be seen. History typically reveals that de facto requirements for advanced issues like this can usually emerge previous to open-source options, and that might be the place we’d place our bets initially.
It’s not a winner-take-all market – there’s loads of room for a number of gamers and ecosystem innovators. But winner will certainly take way more in our view .
Sizing up a few of the main platform gamers
Let’s shut with Enterprise Technology Research information a few of the main platform gamers that discuss loads about digital transformation and world-changing or impactful missions.

This XY graphic is a view we regularly present with Net Score on the vertical axis – that’s a measure of spending momentum — and Overlap or presence within the ETR survey. That purple dotted line at 40% signifies that the platform is among the many highest by way of spending velocity.
Which is why we all the time level out how spectacular that makes AWS and Microsoft Corp.’s Azure – as a result of not solely are they massive, the spending momentum on these two platforms rivals even that of Snowflake, which continues to steer all gamers on the vertical axis.
Although Google Cloud has momentum, given its targets and sources it’s nicely behind the 2 leaders. And we’ve added ServiceNow Inc. and Salesforce Inc. – two platform names which have turn out to be the following nice software program firms, becoming a member of the likes of Oracle, proven right here, and SAP SE (not proven), together with IBM.
We’ve additionally plotted MongoDB, which has actual momentum as an organization typically but in addition with Atlas – its managed cloud database as a service. And IBM’s Red Hat making an attempt to turn out to be the usual for utility growth in Kubernetes environments, which is the most popular development proper now in app dev and modernization.
And lastly HPE, Dell, each of which we’ve talked about, and VMware and Cisco. Cisco is executing on its portfolio technique and it’s coming at cloud from a networking perspective and a place of power. And VMware is a staple of the enterprise. Yes, there’s some uncertainty with regard to the Broadcom acquisition, however one factor is evident: VSphere isn’t going wherever. It’s entrenched and can proceed to run plenty of info expertise for years to come back as a result of it’s the most effective platform on the planet.
Of course, these are simply a few of the gamers within the combine. We anticipate quite a few nontraditional expertise firms to emerge as new cloud gamers. We’ve put a number of emphasis on the info ecosystem as a result of to us, that’s actually the mainspring of digital – a digital firm is an information firm. And which means an ecosystem of information companions that may advance outcomes like higher healthcare, sooner drug growth, much less fraud, cleaner vitality, autonomous autos, smarter, extra environment friendly grids and factories, higher authorities and a just about limitless litany of societal enhancements that may be addressed.
And these firms will construct improvements on high of cloud platforms and create their very own superclouds.
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