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Kemp 2019 Predictions: Application Experience, Multi-Cloud Management & Service Mesh

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

Contributed by Peter Melerud, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Kemp

Application Experience, Multi-Cloud Management & Service Mesh

As enterprises become more agile, we will continue to see IT autonomy extended to individual DevOps teams and business departments who want to deploy application workloads on-demand, wherever and whenever needed. However, as applications continue to proliferate across multi-cloud environments, infrastructure leaders should expect increasing difficulty in addressing the governance, risk and compliance requirements across the multi-cloud application environments.

Beyond compliance, maintaining a positive user and customer experience with applications will still reign supreme in the coming year. DevOps teams will certainly demand a simplified approach to maintaining always-on application health, while enterprises infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders will look to increase their control over application experience across distributed multi-cloud environments.

From a technology perspective, 2019 will bring more per-app, on-demand technologies and services built to satisfy the on-off DevOps use cases, as well as the ability to spin up application services quickly based on varying requirements or business demands. Conversely, enterprise I&O teams will look for elements of load balancing, multi-cloud management, and automation woven together to ensure optimal application experience and control from a centralized vantage point.

The IT organization will also see change in 2019 with more traditional I&O personnel becoming more highly-versed in application architectures. As organizations become more application-centric with requirements for on-demand, just in time deployments, 2019 will equal more purchasing influence from DevOps and application owners. In the larger, more mature organizations, a new middle layer of IT platform management will emerge to help make strategic technology purchasing decisions to support DevOps, while the infrastructure teams assume more of an implementation role.

Costs have always been a concern, and while subscription and pay-as-you-go licensing models have gained good traction, 2019 will bring a heightened awareness of costs related to application delivery in public cloud environments. Not a full "boiling point," but certainly a strong simmer where organizations will look to avoid lock-in with a single cloud provider and look to more multi-cloud administration of their applications. In some cases, this will mean moving applications back into private cloud environments that afford better cost controls.

In 2019, confusion about Service Mesh architecture and technologies will reach a high-point. Where to deploy? When to deploy? What is impacted? What vendors are involved? These are all questions that will persist in the new year. Perceived sources of education from vendors will come flooding in, and as a result, IT leaders will proceed with caution, implementing in very controlled environments before moving to full-fledged production deployments.

While Kubernetes is emerging towards the forefront of interest for purpose built CaaS (container-as-a-service) platforms, not all production microservices environments will be built out strictly using containers. While customers that require ephemeral services or absolute optimal startup and shutdown speed do tend towards containers, many use cases such as those related to analytics where I/O latency may be of a higher priority will be developed with a homogenous mix of containers alongside bare metal and virtual services.


About the Author


Peter Melerud, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Kemp

A 30-year IT industry innovator and entrepreneur, Peter Melerud has served a broad range of customer segments with a focus on delivering exceptional value through disruptive technology. Throughout his career, Peter has blended a deep understanding of data center infrastructure and application delivery technologies with innovative go-to-market strategies that has resulted in rapid customer adoption and revenue growth. As co-founder of Kemp Technologies, Peter has been instrumental in leading the business from incubation to one of the most disruptive players in application delivery. He has navigated product management, business development, sales, marketing, and customer success programs that have translated into continuous year-over-year growth, profitability, and pioneering the new horizon of how enterprises and cloud providers deliver and secure applications. Serving as chief strategy officer for Kemp, Peter develops, executes and sustains corporate strategic initiatives with a particular focus on product strategy, corporate development, and establishing key technology alliances. Peter is an alumnus of NYU, where he majored in Management Information Systems at the Stern School of Business. He also has a diploma from The Juilliard School where he studied classical piano.

Published Friday, February 01, 2019 7:36 AM by David Marshall
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