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Bitnami 2019 Predictions: 2019 Will be a Big Year for Kubernetes and Automation

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Rick Spencer, Vice President of Engineering, Bitnami

2019 Will be a Big Year for Kubernetes and Automation

2019 will see the erosion of even more barriers between great software and users who want to deploy it on the platform of their choice. We predict it will be a year in which Kubernetes will go mainstream, that automation of cloud software will become a competitive must and that there will be increased consolidation around Github, even as individual containers and sites like Docker Hub will diminish in Importance. Read on for details.

  1. Kubernetes will cross the chasm. Kubernetes adoption will expand from cutting-edge early adopters to mainstream enterprise usage. This will be enabled by a combination of factors.
    • Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) will be providing stable Kubernetes-as-a-Service (KaaS) offerings, removing the burden of operating Kubernetes.
    • For those who wish to operate a Kubernetes cluster on their own infrastructure, Kubernetes distributions and related tooling will simplify that process, increasing the ROI of operating a cluster.
    • Formal and informal standards will emerge (such as BKPR) that will make it more desirable for ISVs and service providers to sell to Kubernetes users.
  2. Docker Hub will diminish in importance, as Kubernetes-specific packaging increases in importance. Individual containers, and therefore sites such as Docker Hub, will diminish in importance, as cloud users will change their focus to application-level orchestration as the unit of acquisition. Additionally, Kubernetes-specific sites such as or CSP marketplaces will become a dominant source of container-based applications as their customers will be running Kubernetes on their KaaS, and they will be seeking trusted sources for those applications.
  3. Companies that can't automate will have an increasingly difficult time competing. Anyone producing or ingesting cloud software in a way that requires humans to build, configure, test or publish will find that they cannot keep up with the pace of updates flowing from companies that can automate. CSP marketplaces will be forced to automate the ingestion and publishing of images rather than rely on any kind of human review and testing. ISVs will need to set up automated build pipelines that produce their applications in all of the formats that their customers desire. Enterprises will use tools like Stacksmith to set up automated builds of their Line of Business (LOB) applications, and will enable continuous delivery of both their LOB applications and the applications that they acquire from third-party sources.
  4. This new wave of automation will be partially enabled by continued consolidation around Github. As enterprise adoption of Github grows, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) service providers will be compelled to plug into what is amounting to a services marketplace enabled by Github Actions. Github Actions will lower the bar for setting up CI/CD to the extent that providers who plug into it will access a significantly expanded addressable market, and the business case for moving to Github will become even stronger. This virtuous cycle will lead to more automation.

As users face an ever-changing array of complex problems, the challenge in 2019 will be to engineer simple solutions to those problems.


About the Author


Rick Spencer is vice president of Engineering at Bitnami, where he is responsible for the engineering of Bitnami's catalog of cloud applications, tools, virtual machines, and containers.
Published Monday, December 17, 2018 7:33 AM by David Marshall
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