DevOps has been making waves for the last couple of years successfully revolutionizing enterprises, regardless of their size, across the globe. And the most intriguing thing is that despite its rapid advancements, DevOps is still at its infancy. Its accelerated growth is being closely observed by experts as well as organizations that have invested in it right from its beginning.
It’s been forecasted by many experts that the global DevOps market will exceed $12 billion before 2025.
Considering this forecast, last year many experts predicted that the growth of DevOps will speed up even more in 2019 to the point that the market will start experiencing an 18.6% CAGR through to 2025. The field is evidently headed to a promising future, and we will be exploring the pathways to that future in this blog.
Here are the major DevOps trends that will drive its growth in 2019.
More focus on continuous delivery
When DevOps started gaining momentum, one thing that stood out was the continuous integration (CI) benefits. As a matter of fact, the prospect of CI made many companies adopt a DevOps culture in 2018. But as 2019 began, companies widely started shifting their attention to include continuous delivery (CD) in their DevOps ecosystem – a trend that started in 2018 but soon neglected. This also started the ‘continuous integration vs. continuous delivery’ debate in online communities.
On the way to 2019, CI gradually lost momentum while the DevOps culture shifted its approach to more actively include continuous delivery in software development. To support this change, many companies have started adopting tools to streamline continuous delivery pipelines. Moving forward, we can expect companies to focus more on continuous delivery subsequently leading to the launch of better tools and practices that improve CI/CD pipelines.
Kubernetes and other containers will dominate
Containers are massively popular now. The effectiveness of containers is one of the many reasons why Kubernetes became a big success. As DevOps grows in complexity and adoption, the demand for containers will rise proportionally. Kubernetes will be at the forefront again in 2019 backed by its ecosystem that spans a wide array of platforms and vendors. However, this trend will put some pressure on IT teams to get things implemented the right way in their DevOps environments.
More DevSecOps adoption
Over the years, many technologies popped up but only a few thrived. The ones that became popular inevitably evolved to better versions. But that evolution came at a price. While technologies advanced, cyber-threats also rose. The growing number of security breaches have been a big concern for many organizations due to the impact it can have on a company’s value in the long run. Even AWS wasn’t safe.
The looming threat of cyber ambushes has also triggered an evolution of DevOps with more focus on security – termed as DevSecOps. In 2019, we will witness more companies adopting DevSecOps to encourage more collaboration in software development internally. This however demands a dedicated team to ensure that the process remains efficient.
More serverless computing
It seems IT professionals across the globe are intrigued by the concept of serverless computing. There were early adopters at first but the trend started picking up pace only recently. Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) is the buzzword now due to the many benefits it promises – from faster startup times to optimized resource utilization. DevOps can potentially enhance serverless functions. So we can expect more companies to adopt the combo this year.
Increased visibility into processes
The increasing adoption of DevOps will also force organizations to research better, more efficient approaches to measure the impact of DevOps. The governance feature in many reliable DevOps tools are now supported by automated tracking and reporting mechanisms which also gives enterprises a holistic view of their ecosystem. For starters, they will know who made changes, what kind of changes were made, and when the changes were made.
This reduces feedback loops subsequently facilitating faster improvements and optimization of business processes. Such transparency also enables the team to identify pain points, understand what can work and what won’t, and improve areas that otherwise wouldn’t be noticeable.
It’s a wonder why many companies still think of DevOps as just another technology that promises to be beneficial in the coming times. It should be seen as a culture instead – something that brings conventionally disconnected components in software development, deployment, and delivery into one single loop. The trends mentioned in this blog will play a major role in helping DevOps reach closer to its full potential much more efficiently. If your business is considering DevOps or already adopted it, it’s important to keep up with these trends. Get in touch with the experts here at AOT to learn more about utilizing DevOps to the maximum.