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Replex 2019 Predictions: Kubernetes will eat the world (or most of it)

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

Contributed by Hasham Haider, Cloud Expert at Replex

Kubernetes will eat the world (or most of it)

During 2018, Kubernetes steadily drew ahead of the competition to establish itself as a firm leader in the container orchestration space. In 2019, this position will be further strengthened as it sees increased enterprise adoption.

Janet Kuo - a software engineer at Google - recently stated that Kubernetes is now very boring. This means that Kubernetes has crossed the chasm to a mature version, where it just runs out of the box for most use-cases. The focus in 2019 will be on day 2/3 operations, where DevOps teams look to address security, compliance, governance and optimization topics.

These topics are also central to enterprise adoption and with the army of developers contributing to Kubernetes as well as the value-added paid services on top, 2019 might well push Kubernetes from early adoption smack into the middle of early majority adoption.

Kubernetes is not just a container orchestration solution. Infrastructure abstraction is a core functionality which has not had the same level of exposure. In 2019, we will see this functionality come into its own as more and more ops teams adopt kubernetes to make their life easier.

In fact, infrastructure abstraction might prove to be the breakout feature of Kubernetes. In 2019, we will see the first glimpses of this as the multi and hybrid cloud trend gets a second wind with Kubernetes serving as the driving force. This will end up blurring the boundaries between clouds and between cloud and on-prem, allowing enterprises to be truly multi-cloud and vendor neutral.

With all three major public cloud providers including AWS, Azure, and GCP having some form of a serverless offering, we see strong gains for serverless in 2019. 2019 will be for serverless, what 2018 was for Kubernetes. In 2018, the number of serverless users doubled. 2019 will be no different and will surpass this adoption rate.

We see 2019 as the year of Kubernetes and serverless coming together, allowing developers to focus on the code as the complex tasks of application and infrastructure management are handled behind the scenes by serverless and Kubernetes.

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About the Author

Hasham Haider 

Hasham Haider, Cloud Expert at Replex

Hasham is the cloud operations guy at Replex and contributes regularly to the company blog and content marketing efforts. He loves testing out new ideas on the cloud frontier from architecting and monitoring to logging and optimization and sharing them with the world.

Published Monday, February 11, 2019 7:27 AM by David Marshall
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