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The DevOps Trends Forecast for 2020


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‘DevOps,’ a term that was coined a decade before, has grown to become a household name in the IT industry. A recent Markets and Markets Research Report suggests that the DevOps Market Size is expected to grow to USD 10.31 Billion by 2023. Furthermore, the statistics surrounding the DevOps market and its adoption leads to a conclusion that confirms its bright future. The Accelerate State of DevOps Report sheds light on the fact that the DevOps industry is continuously evolving with the tripled proportion of high performers. With the market being ever-evolving and highly competitive, it becomes crucial to foresee and adapt to the trends that are bound to affect it. Read on to know more about the trends that are about to affect the future of DevOps.

1. Undeterred Growth of Cloud-Native DevOps

The cloud computing industry has been on an all-time high since its conception. By 2021, the spending on cloud services is expected to double to over $530 billion, according to the IDC Worldwide IT Industry Predictions. Cloud-native DevOps is expected to further grow in the future with 80% of enterprise IT moving to the cloud in the next five years. Some of the notable technologies and tools boosting the cloud-native model are microservices, containerization, Agile methodology, CI/CD, and the like. 

With faster deployments, scalability, and improved visibility across applications, cloud computing is a hit among DevOps-minded teams. Leveraging the automation and scalable features of cloud computing, DevOps teams can drive innovation, achieve agility, resilience, and increased business value.

2. The Rise of Serverless Architecture

Having mentioned about cloud-native DevOps, another trend that deserves all the hype is the implementation of serverless architecture in DevOps. Serverless architecture has been the buzz for a while now owing to the flexibility that comes with it. With serverless, developers can focus more on the application rather than the architecture. 

As to DevOps, there is an expected increase in the implementation of DevOps using serverless architecture, with the latter’s market expected to cross USD 7.7 billion in the future. Implementation of serverless architecture in DevOps bridges the gap between Dev and Ops while enabling operability and achieving business agility by cutting costs with its pay-as-you-go feature. With enhanced security and increased agility, serverless will grow to become a major driving force behind improved user experience in DevOps. 

3. Burgeoning Container Services

The next big step after the cloud-native and serverless trend is undoubtedly that of container services. Kubernetes, an open containerization system has evolved rapidly to become one of the best in business. This year, old DevOps functions are expected to be replaced with such container orchestration systems.

The build, test, and deployment pipelines of DevOps are simplified using containers by enabling better collaboration between development and operations. Since the application is written, tested, and deployed inside containers, the environment remains consistent throughout the process. Containers aid in rolling out faster updates because the application is distributed into different microservices that are hosted in different containers. The DevOps benefit of being able to switch between different programming frameworks is enhanced further by containers. 

4. The Switch to Assembly Lines

The future of DevOps is expected to be helmed by ‘Assembly Lines’ that would help achieve interoperability and impeccable continuous delivery. An assembly line platform allows developers to combine DevOps tools to form end-to-end workflows that result in proper visibility and traceability. Basically, it helps the deployment pipeline that contains disconnected tools successfully achieve continuous deployment. 

Employing the “as-code” philosophy, Assembly lines help achieve accelerated onboarding and scalability. Some of the other benefits that can be achieved using assembly lines are native integrations, powerful nested visibility, and team-based business intelligence and analytics. DevOps assembly lines eliminate unnecessary human dependency and enhance efficiency.

5. The Ascent of DevTestOps

It is common knowledge that DevOps aids in faster development and deployment. However, the quality of these releases could not always be assured, and this is where DevTestOps comes into play. The DevTestOps Manifesto states that, “The goal of DevTestOps is not to silo “Test” from Dev and Ops, but simply to raise the visibility of testers and testing as integral parts of the DevOps quality culture.” 

DevTestOps has integrated continuous testing with DevOps to ensure high-quality releases with the operative word being ‘high quality’. Continuous testing enables early detection of defects, shortens the regression cycle, and eliminates the possibility of business risks. Also, it provides stable operating environments and helps deliver real value to customers. Teams implementing DevTestOps find themselves having more time to spend on innovating rather than fixing and maintaining code.

6. The Artificial Intelligence Hype

According to the IDC predictions, by 2021, 75% of commercial enterprise applications will be using AI. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning could help revolutionize DevOps by enhancing efficiency and improving the performance of the teams. AI could prove to play a vital role in dealing with the large influx of data during operations. It enables the unregulated accessibility of data by collecting it from various sources. 

Furthermore, it accelerates deployment while ensuring continuous delivery. The extent of human interaction in the CI/CD pipeline will be minimized to a large extent. Incorporation of AI into DevOps would help facilitate instant development and operation cycles. Also, effective communication and collaboration being a very important part of the DevOps cycle, businesses are inclined towards the implementation of AI to streamline these processes. 

7. Enhanced Security and DevSecOps

Security breaches prove to be a very dangerous threat during development and operation. This could be counteracted with DevSecOps wherein security is introduced early in the software development life cycle. The Markets and Markets report on the DevSecOps Global Forecast to 2023 suggests that the DevSecOps market size is expected to grow to USD 5.9 billion by 2023. 

2020 is expected to witness developers leaning towards the compliance-as-code service, with security being the major focus. As mentioned earlier, security is introduced early in the SDLC cycle using the shift-left strategy. This would ensure that the threats are identified in the beginning and ultimately reduce the cost to fix security issues. DevSecOps ensures that there is better collaboration between the team members by unitedly focusing attention on observability and security issues. 

With 65% of organizations expected to adopt DevOps as a mainstream strategy by this year, 2020 does seem like a bright year for DevOps and a precursor to its successful future. Its innumerable technical cultural and business benefits make it the right pick for organizations to gain a competitive edge. Since it is evident that DevOps is a trend that is here to stay, it is imperative that one gains a clear understanding of the direction that the market is headed towards. 

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Amritha Nampalat
Marketing Executive, RapidValue

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