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NeuVector 2018 Predictions: Containers, Kubernetes, and Security

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Fei Huang, CEO, NeuVector

2018 Predictions on Containers, Kubernetes, and Security

1. Enterprises migrate to containers in production - at the edge, and cautiously.

Virtually all enterprises will have a container project in production by the end of 2018. However, most of these will be small deployments used to first explore the technologies, and then refine the pipeline from there. Larger issues around processes, people, and automation will prevent many enterprises from moving into containers at a large scale. Early adopters in the usual industries such as financial services will try to move quickly, but typical laggards like consumer goods and retail will find that they can benefit more quickly from containers and try to move into them aggressively.

2. Automated CI/CD pipelines will continue to require many manual steps.

The promise of a fully automated CI/CD pipeline will remain, well, a pipe dream for most companies. The technology will continue to not really be mature and widespread enough to meet the fully automated threshold, still requiring a lot of "glue" to script or code things together. In addition, enterprises will not yet be set up and empowered to integrate pipeline components - the restructuring of organizational silos and processes needed to support this will still be in the future.

3. Serverless computing remains hype - and impractical for the enterprise.

For most enterprises with business critical applications, not having some visibility into (and control over) server infrastructure is scary. Given the continuing rise in data breaches and attacks, enterprises require a greater level of accountability, visibility, security, and control. But it will take beyond 2018 for providers to develop the tools and trust to make it happen.

4. Hackers will continue to run free, terrorizing enterprises and consumers.

Some things never change, even though new security tools are constantly being developed. With the rush into containers and microservices, new threats and attack techniques will arrive in tandem, requiring changes to applications and the way security is deployed. Security technology will require behavioral learning capabilities to keep up with these changes, and will also need to apply traditional deep packet inspection (DPI) techniques to container traffic to detect zero-day exploits. At NeuVector, we're addressing this need into 2018 by developing new learning algorithms, and by adding traditional firewall features to create the new type of cloud-native container firewall that these threats call for.

5. Kubernetes reigns supreme, dominating all orchestration tools.

With the maturing feature set demonstrated by Kubernetes 1.7 and 1.8 - as well as support from Red Hat OpenShift, Rancher, Mesosphere, IBM, and others - there's just no way an enterprise can ignore the huge push behind Kubernetes. Into 2018, these enterprise features will only accelerate and mature, leaving alternatives in the dust. The big question mark is Docker's EE, which would be the remaining contender for tool selection. I predict there still will be a loyal Docker customer base that will continue going with Docker all the way, including some large and prominent enterprises. Regardless of the scorecard, at NeuVector our 2018 plan is to continue to automate security policy creation and enhance the network visibility for each of these platform leaders.

6. The first multi-cloud container deployments will go into production.

Trust in services such as AWS will remain high, but enterprises will always be concerned about vendor lock-in. The abstraction provided by containers and their orchestration tools makes it possible - and in some cases preferable - to be able to deploy services across multiple clouds, and this is exactly what enterprises will do more of in the coming year.

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About the Author

Fei Huang 

Fei Huang is CEO at NeuVector, a Docker container network security solution that uses behavioral learning to secure containers during run-time. Fei has over 20 years of experience in enterprise security, virtualization, cloud and embedded software. He was part of the founding team of Cloudvolumes (acquired by VMware) and cofounder of Provilla, a DLP security company (acquired by TrendMicro). Fei holds several patents in security, virtualization and software architecture.

Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:03 AM by David Marshall
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