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Sensu 2020 Predictions: Increased Firecracker adoption and more lightweight virtual machines in production

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

By Sean Porter, creator of the Sensu project and the co-founder and CTO of Sensu Inc.

Increased Firecracker adoption and more lightweight virtual machines in production

With more than 50 percent of companies slated to have transitioned to container technology by 2020, there will be even more containers and other cloud compute instances, particularly as development teams seek to further increase organizational velocity. And, while containerized infrastructure has enabled companies to ship more products at greater speed, it also introduces a degree of risk when it comes to security. Going forward, organizations will continue to rely on containerized infrastructure to ship products quickly, but they'll need to do so without sacrificing security. The solution for 2020 and beyond: more lightweight virtual machines (VMs) in production. 

For the uninitiated, lightweight VMs provide a container-like experience with the isolation of a virtual machine. They're light and portable enough to provide what Docker does today, but with the added benefit of proper security isolation.

In November 2018, AWS came out with Firecracker, a lightweight micro-virtual machine (microVM) designed to take advantage of the security and workload isolation provided by traditional VMs and the resource efficiency that comes with containers. However, Firecracker has been slow to gain traction outside of AWS.

So, while lightweight VMs were already a concept as of November 2018, AWS was a little ahead of its time. My prediction for 2020 is we'll see increased adoption of Firecracker and the rise of more projects like it - lightweight VMs that take advantage of the security that comes with VMs and the efficiency and portability that containers offer - and we'll see more lightweight VMs, in production, with more workloads on serverless architecture and Kubernetes.

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About the Author

Sean Porter 

Sean Porter is the creator of the Sensu project and the co-founder and CTO of Sensu Inc., a leader in open source monitoring. Sean is a seasoned systems operator and software developer with over a decade of experience in automating infrastructure. As CTO of Sensu Inc, he oversees the development of Sensu and works with users to better understand how Sensu can help them solve complex monitoring problems.

Published Friday, October 18, 2019 7:31 AM by David Marshall
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