3 DevOps Trends Tech Execs Need To Know For 2021
Get—and stay—ahead of the curve with these vital emerging technologies.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that none of us have a crystal ball vision into the future. But as we head into 2021, I feel confident making at least one prediction: Digital experiences and solutions will only become more and more important.
After all, digital capabilities were the key to developing and deploying rapid innovation during the pandemic.
Take American University. Using automated workflows, they reduced the time it takes to set up remote virtual teams in Microsoft Teams from 29 hours to just 8 minutes. And they’re not alone in quickly implementing new innovations, due in part to the adoption of agile principles inherent in a DevOps-centric approach to technology.
As we head into 2021, there are three trends within DevOps that will further accelerate the pace of innovation and digitization: Infrastructure as code (IaC), Kubernetes, and GitOps. While they might sound like tech jargon to some, their potential to increase productivity and customer satisfaction should be on every executive’s radar.
Trend #1: Infrastructure as code: A core tenet of DevOps in the cloud
Your IT team doesn’t want to wake at up 2 a.m. to fix a system issue. And your customers? Well, they just want things to work. Infrastructure as code is a scalable, reliable, and secure solution for both.
IaC is exactly what it sounds like: Your infrastructure—i.e. servers, networks, and storage devices whether on premises or in the cloud—defined as text/code files. This allows a company to automate and simplify its infrastructure. As an example, when Starbucks implemented IaC their engineers were given the ability to deploy reliably and on demand. This essentially allows them to hit a “power on/off” button for the Starbucks infrastructure.
IaC also delivers a straightforward infrastructure version control system that allows teams to roll back to the “last configuration that worked” in case of a catastrophic failure. That means rapid recovery and reduced downtime.
With great power, however, comes great responsibility, because it’s now easy for someone to inadvertently change infrastructure code and severely impact production systems—hence the need for proper governance solutions and processes.
Kubernetes: A steep learning curve
Kubernetes (K8s) is an open-source container orchestration platform that automates the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It has become the enterprise standard for managing the delivery of software systems for a reason: It helps businesses redesign applications for the cloud via a container-based microservices solutions.
This is valuable because it reduces the necessary infrastructure footprint by using a small “containerized” portion of the server in the cloud—which has the potential to drive significant savings. At the same time, microservices improve resiliency when compared to monolithic applications and are less likely to fail catastrophically if there’s an error in the code.
When you add the fact that most cloud providers offer a form of “managed k8s clusters,” where they provision and deploy a Kubernetes framework for you, we now have a cloud-native solution that has become a de facto choice for new application development.
However, for all its benefits, Kubernetes has a steep learning curve, and it may take time to recoup investments into application re-platforming as well as into the re-education of engineering teams.
GitOps: An emerging technology worth noting
Of the three concepts, GitOps is the most bleeding edge—and the least mature. Still, as siliconANGLE recently called it “the key to launching effective software releases in the cloud-native era,” leaders would do well to learn, evaluate, and adopt where it makes sense.
Originally pioneered by WeaveWorks, GitOps has been adopted by major cloud vendors who now offer guides, code samples, and templates to kickstart the GitOps journey for their largest customers. It replaces standard DevOps workflow and its sequence of steps with a source code (Git) repository. The key to this is the use of Git as a single source of truth as well as a control mechanism for creating and updating system architecture.
In this model, changes are made to the Git repository via pull requests and then automatically pushed to the live infrastructure, reducing both planned and unplanned downtime by making deployments fast and reliable.
Additionally, because everything needed to run an application (both hardware and software) is stored in a single source code repository, IT has peace of mind that changes can be quickly identified and rolled back if necessary.
This perpetual record of what the system looked like at any point in time reduces the time it takes to remediate application outages. This can save companies millions of dollars per outage.
Companies that adopt one or all of these trends strategically will improve their ability to quickly design, build, deploy, and maintain new software solutions. As such, they are poised to not only not only survive the pandemic but emerge from it ready to thrive in our new, digital normal.
This article originally appeared on forbes.com To read the full article and see the images, click here.
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