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Portworx 2020 Predictions: How cloud native computing and machine learning will evolve in 2020

VMblog Predictions 2020 

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By Murli Thirumale is co-founder and CEO of Portworx

How cloud native computing and machine learning will evolve in 2020

Two of the biggest trends in enterprise tech this year were around cloud native computing and AI. For the former, enterprises expanded their Kubernetes deployments and put containers to work for a broader set of applications. For the latter, businesses worked hard to figure out how machine learning can improve business processes and help them better serve customers.

These trends will continue in 2020 but with some important twists. Here are three predictions for how cloud native and machine learning will evolve in the enterprise next year. 

Kubernetes will start to be used to manage IT infrastructure, not just containerized applications. VMware's Project Pacific is one of the first examples of this, but I expect to see more such offerings in 2020. The move to containerize applications and orchestrate them with Kubernetes is well underway and driving rapid application deployment and portability in enterprises led by DevOps. Project Pacific is a bold move to extend vSphere with Kubernetes and get traditional IT admins into the mix by having vSphere and Kubernetes now manage IT infrastructure.  VMware is both making Kubernetes a first citizen along with vSphere but also saying Kubernetes via vSphere can now manage not just Apps but also VMs, Storage, Networking and Compute. 

Organizations with a curated dataset, used in conjunction with machine learning, will pull ahead of others that have lesser data. We all know data is key to competitive advantage, and a strong set of curated data is even more powerful. Examples include autonomous vehicles, surveillance and genomics, where owning and mining the right data will separate the winners from the also rans.

System Integrators will finally implement containers practices under their Digital Transformation or Cloud offerings. Containers are now used in production by 90 percent of businesses, but offerings from systems integrators haven't kept up. In 2020, we'll see more of these service organizations rolling out container offerings to support their clients' needs.


About the Author

Murli Thirumale

Murli Thirumale is co-founder and CEO of Portworx, a container-native storage and data management startup. Prior to founding Portworx, Murli founded and sold two companies - Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell in 2010) and Net6 (acquired by Citrix in 2004). He was also a GM at HP for a decade before that.

Published Monday, October 21, 2019 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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