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StackStorm 2015 Predictions: DevOps is finding a home


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Contributed article by Evan Powell, CEO and co-founder of StackStorm

2015: DevOps is finding a home

IT is changing faster now than any time in the last 20+ years. And with that, comes excitement surrounding predictions. In 2015, we will witness the adoption of DevOps across enterprises as well as OpenStack move past the recent disappointments expressed throughout the community to be seen in a positive light once again.

Every enterprise will embrace DevOps

I'm on record drawing attention to DevOps at the expense of the software defined data center (SDDC) and even "cloud" movement, in an attempt to point out that the overall trend is towards enterprises investing to enable massively faster and more agile IT. 

A recent survey by Rackspace revealed that users embracing DevOps are *not* doing so with the primary goal of cost savings or because of requests from employees; instead, they are adopting DevOps approaches because they must accelerate their businesses in order to maintain a competitive edge.

The top reason for implementing DevOps - at 66 percent - was to improve customer satisfaction. Perhaps the most notable statistic of all from this survey, however, was that 66 percent of enterprises say they have implemented DevOps approaches and 79 percent of enterprises that have not done so say they expect to make the shift in 2015. 

Based on these statistics, I expect that we will continue to see all parties involved in selling technology to enterprises continue to jump on the DevOps bandwagon. Unfortunately for marketers, unlike OpenStack there is no such thing as being able to claim being "DevOps" compatible. That said, it has a positive side as well; otherwise we would see commodity servers being branded as "Supports DevOps" (sorry to my friends at server vendors!).

OpenStack powers out of the trough of disappointment

We've been a bit stuck in the trough of disappointment in the OpenStack community for a while.  In the last couple of years, OpenStack proof of concepts became almost ubiquitous. Just about every enterprise I spoke to said they were doing something on OpenStack; and not just to hammer VMware down on enterprise license agreement renewals. As usage broadened beyond the earliest adopters, OpenStack complaints emerged: OpenStack is too hard to use, OpenStack is tough to install, OpenStack doesn't play nice with my applications, and more.

And yet, behind the scenes, more and more of these issues have been largely resolved. For example, in a meet-up on OpenStack automation led by my co-founder, Dmitri Zimine, the consensus was that Day One challenges of getting the first OpenStack deployment up and running were more or less solved, or at least the support was there (see slides from that meet-up here). 

In addition, VMware has embraced OpenStack and, in so doing, provided an on ramp for VMware friendly applications to run on OpenStack. VMware reports that one beta user of the VMware integrated OpenStack distribution was able to get OpenStack up and running in 30 minutes. This again confirms the point that some of the key disappointments have been addressed.


About the Author

Evan Powell is the CEO and co-founder of StackStorm. With more than 15 years of experience in infrastructure software, Evan was previously the founding CEO of Nexenta Systems, where he helped create the software defined storage market and achieved over $350M of annual partner sales. Prior to Nexenta, Evan co-founded Clarus Systems, the leading provider of enterprise software for next generation, real time communications. Clarus is now a division of Riverbed. He was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the leading European venture fund Finaves in 2010 and was named one of the Top Ten Leaders in Storage in 2012.
Published Friday, December 26, 2014 8:40 AM by David Marshall
@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:56 AM

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