2020 Container Predictions - Part 2
January 07, 2020

As part of DEVOPSdigest's 2020 predictions, industry experts offer predictions on how containers and related technologies will evolve and impact DevOps and business in 2020. Part 2 offers some additional container predictions.

Start with 2020 Container Predictions - Part 1

Start with 2020 DevOps Predictions

DEVOPS MOVES TOWARDS STANDARDIZATION

While DevOps traditionally has meant different things to different people, where they would pick and choose various elements of DevOps that best apply to their unique scenarios, the industry is starting to see a common set of building blocks. This consolidation is happening on both the tooling and processes sides, helping to create more consistency in DevOps approaches. The use of microservices is critical in this regard. Cloud-native technology helps eliminate the duplication of services through its built-in modularity — as more teams move to adopt microservices, they can build services that can be used across an organization as opposed to individual teams and specific applications. The extensibility of microservices is key in serving as the foundation of DevOps building blocks ushering in standardization. Kubernetes is a good example — it offers a strong and consistent platform supported by a very large community that helps organizations take advantage of the customizability and adaptability of cloud-native architectures. It can work in any environment, both on-prem and in the public cloud. So it has created a common platform that can be used by development, operations, and security teams alike.
Wei Lien Dang
VP of Product and Co-Founder, StackRox

PORTABLE STATEFUL APPS

One of the most impactful predictions we expect to see in the coming year is the rise of portable stateful applications. With the growth of Kubernetes enabling portability for stateless apps by providing for common infrastructures across organizations, we expect to see developers realize fairly quickly how to capitalize on portability for stateful apps as well.
Niraj Tolia
CEO, Kasten

UPDATING CONTAINERIZED RUNTIMES

As Docker adoption continues, developers are struggling less with "works on my machine" incidents but they continue to see issues with updated containerized runtimes in a timely matter. That's a big part of container security concerns. Because of this, in 2020, I anticipate seeing more vendors working to close this gap with automated solutions that let organizations update their Dockerized-runtimes as often as they update their code.
Bart Copeland
CEO and President, ActiveState

SERVICE MESH

Service mesh will become a standard approach to run cloud-native apps and microservices. We'll see an increase in these environments.
Avishai Sharlin
Division President, Amdocs Technology

While service mesh technology is in its early stages in comparison to Kubernetes, we're starting to see new requirements for how these tools are going to be used. As customer deployments of service mesh technologies get more complex, the applications it supports will increase in complexity and criticality.
Ali Golshan
CTO and Co-Founder, StackRox

DATA SCIENTISTS DRIVE OPERATIONALIZATION OF KUBERNETES

Data scientists will drive operationalization of Kubernetes. Kubecon North America was crawling with data scientists that were grudgingly trying to learn how to use Kubernetes in their work. This is a population that just needs platform and infrastructure technology to work. The fact that they have real projects driving business value AND don't have a history of considering themselves infrastructure experts is going to change what the Kubernetes installation and management ecosystem looks like.
Tina Nolte
VP of Product, Spectro Cloud

MARKET OPPORTUNITY: SIMPLIFYING KUBERNETES

The complexity of Kubernetes (K8s) will create market opportunities for simplicity. While the complexity of K8s will become less visible thanks to abstraction by main cloud and PaaS vendors, it won't disappear. K8s can introduce new complexities into complicated compute environments and therefore a significant market opportunity will emerge for companies that can simplify K8s-based deployments for large enterprises.
Brian Kelly
Head of Conjur Engineering, CyberArk

SYSTEM INTEGRATORS OFFER CONTAINER SERVICES

System Integrators will finally implement containers practices under their Digital Transformation or Cloud offerings. Containers are now used in production by 90 percent of businesses, but offerings from systems integrators haven't kept up. In 2020, we'll see more of these service organizations rolling out container offerings to support their clients' needs.
Murli Thirumale
Co-Founder and CEO, Portworx

Still more predictions to come, including 2020 DevSecOps Predictions next week.

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February 25, 2021

Red Hat announced Red Hat OpenShift 4.7, the latest version of the company’s enterprise Kubernetes platform.

February 25, 2021

Granulate announced the release of its open-source platform, the G-Profiler, a production profiling solution that measures the performance of code in production applications to facilitate compute optimization.

February 25, 2021

Checkmarx announced the launch of KICS (Keeping Infrastructure as Code Secure), an open source static analysis solution that enables developers to write more secure infrastructure as code (IaC).

February 24, 2021

Applause launched its Product Excellence Platform (PEP).

February 24, 2021

Mabl announced the beta release of their new native desktop application that empowers users to easily automate testing for browsers, mobile browsers, and APIs.

February 24, 2021

D2iQ announced the general availability of D2iQ Kaptain, the cloud native end-to-end platform for running ML workloads on Kubernetes.

February 23, 2021

Edge Delta announced new capabilities for dynamically processing and routing logs, metrics, and traces -- allowing DevOps, Security, and SRE teams to analyze large volumes of streaming data without the cost, delay, or complexity of requiring data to be indexed, helping customers decouple where machine data is analyzed from where it is stored.

February 23, 2021

env0 announced a remote run SaaS solution for the automation of Terragrunt workloads across multiple Terraform modules.

February 23, 2021

Platform9 closed its Series-D funding with an additional $12.5 million for a total of $37.5 million.

February 22, 2021

IT Revolution opened its Call for Presentations for both DevOps Enterprise Summit 2021 events in Europe and US.

February 22, 2021

Solo.io announced the general availability of Gloo Mesh Enterprise, an enterprise-grade, Kubernetes-native solution for service mesh management.

February 22, 2021

Copado closed $96 million in Series B funding, bringing the total funds invested in the company to $117 million.

February 18, 2021

ShiftLeft released ShiftLeft Illuminate, a new solution that leverages ShiftLeft technology to identify insider attacks, offer remediation advice and reduce overall risk to organizations’ software code base.

February 18, 2021

CircleCI introduced new platform updates to increase the control, protection, privacy, and confidence of today’s engineering teams.

February 18, 2021

OutSystems announced a $150 million capital raise.