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Puppet 2019 Predictions: Trends That Will Shape DevOps in 2019

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

Contributed by Michael Stahnke, director of engineering at Puppet

Trends That Will Shape DevOps in 2019

2018 was an exciting year for the world of DevOps as we saw many developments across the industry, with more companies realizing the business value of a strong DevOps culture and pervasive automation. 2019 will be no different, as containers continue to be the modus operandi and IT leaders look to for new ways to bring DevOps to the fore of their companies. Here are some of the top predictions and trends that will shape DevOps in 2019.

Tradeoffs for microservices

2019 will be the year we find out about tradeoffs for microservices in a big way. We'll see a major company pulling back on microservices saying that managing hundreds of small services is more difficult than fewer. The gains for development are offset by operational costs, availability planning and more. It won't be widespread, but we will see a small rise in the anti-microservices movement in 2019.

This is likely true for Kubernetes as well. While Kubernetes has all sorts of hype, companies choosing to go forward on it for hype along may experience some failure point and back away, and, they will share it publicly.

Unifying the management of operational experiences

To combat the challenges of managing many microservices with all sorts of individual tools, we'll continue to see a slew of vendors try to unify the management of operational experiences. These vendors will provide abstractions over disparate tooling to improve the management capabilities in this new world.

Measurement and ROI indicators

IT leaders will also realize they now have two major investments to consider in 2019: the container platform with a few applications (but the one they hope  everything should be moving to) and everything that currently runs the business and makes money. They'll begin asking for better measurement and ROI indicators on new investments, as well as new tools to validate these directional changes.

Mobile experience for cloud and infrastructure management

The mobile experience for cloud and infrastructure management will increase dramatically in 2019. Right now, few apps relating to infrastructure have a meaningful way to perform read-write actions on mobile devices. That will change as internal employees expect things to work more like consumer software.

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About the Author



Michael Stahnke is director of engineering at Puppet. He's held a few roles and been a part of the company growing from 35 to 520+ employees. While staying near the domains of release engineering, operations, and community, he's been in leadership for most of the last decade. His interests are building teams, mentoring team members, driving change with customers, and playing with his son. He came to Puppet from Caterpillar, Inc. where he was an infrastructure architect, infrastructure team lead, and open source evangelist. Michael also helped get the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository launched in 2005, authored Pro OpenSSH (Apress, 2005), and writes with some frequency about technology and computers.

Published Wednesday, January 09, 2019 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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