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

Contributed by Daniel Berman, Product Marketing Manager,

What's Ahead in 2019: Serverless Growth, Container Security Focus and the Rule of DevOps

2018 brought us continued departure from traditional infrastructure as more and more organizations realized the benefits of serverless architecture, containerization, automation and open source. And although these trends are gaining momentum by the day, questions remain as we head into 2019 - how do we achieve visibility across a serverless architecture? How do we integrate Kubernetes into our existing infrastructure? How do we secure our environment?

So what's ahead in 2019?

We expect to see some of these trends turn into massive implementations as organizations tackle these questions and start to realize the many benefits of these new technologies.

Adoption of Entirely Serverless Architecture Will Continue

Similar to the massive adoption of microservices several years ago, the movement to serverless has been both embraced by early adopters and questioned by those unsure of the benefits or the risks. In 2019, we will see more and more organizations move past the initial hesitation as they start to adopt serverless, and others who will migrate their entire infrastructure to a serverless architecture. With those changes will come new challenges around continuous monitoring and visibility of serverless infrastructure running functions that you can't see and track -- or troubleshoot and investigate when something isn't working. This challenge will take hold in 2019 and DevOps teams will need to manage with new tools and processes built to enable this visibility.

Securing Open Source Containerized Environments Will Become a Top Priority

We saw substantial interest in Kubernetes in 2018 and the growth will continue in 2019 as organizations look to more efficiently manage and automate the orchestration of their expanding containerized environments. Kubernetes will continue to mature its feature set and the user community supporting it; but as adoption grows, the question of how to secure an open source containerized environment will become more prominent. Securing Kubernetes using log data to identify anomalies and bad behavior is one approach that can alert you in real time as well as provide longer term data trends that can be used for predictive or machine-learning based monitoring to secure your containerized environment.

The Role of DevOps Will Keep Expanding

The nature of DevOps is agile and evolving so it's only expected that the role of DevOps engineers would continue to change; but 2019 will bring an ever-growing demand for DevOps to have responsibility for operations, security and even data science. As organizations transition to containerized and serverless environments, DevOps teams need to better understand how to run and manage serverless functions, continue to build up their Kubernetes and container management skill set; and at the same time, strictly comply with security policies to ensure that these transient environments are secured. DevOps teams need to continuously monitor, troubleshoot, secure and respond to events that can compromise performance, security or both. And, with the data-driven DevOps tools in the market taking leaps and bounds toward AI and machine learning, it is also critical that DevOps teams can grasp the data they are seeing, understand it and respond to it in real-time; a big shift from the siloed approach of managing operations and leaving the analysis to the data scientists.

It will be an exciting year ahead within the rapidly changing virtualized technology market, and I look forward to seeing what happens next!


About the Author


Daniel is Product Marketing Manager at, and speaks/writes regularly about monitoring, logging and other DevOps-related topics. Daniel has contributed articles to a number of online publications such as SitePoint, DZone and Daniel is also a DevOpsDays organizer and runs a number of local meetups. Other than that, Daniel loves running, has a family of 4 and is a shameless Liverpool FC fan!

Published Monday, January 07, 2019 7:31 AM by David Marshall
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