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Signal Sciences 2020 Predictions: Kubernetes As An App Will Transform Edge Computing

VMblog Predictions 2020 

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

By Brian Joe, Senior Director of Product Management, Signal Sciences

Kubernetes As An App Will Transform Edge Computing

We know that Kubernetes is catching on fast as the orchestration platform of choice for all types of workloads. According to Stackrox in a July 2019 survey of 390 IT professionals, over 86 percent of organizations have adopted Kubernetes, up from 57 percent just one year prior. Often, Kubernetes is seen as an infrastructure tool. However, it's also entirely qualified to be called an app in and of itself.

Our prediction is that Kubernetes will be the transformative app in 2020 that makes edge computing non-negotiable for consumers and enterprises for these reasons:

  • The hype around Kubernetes will spur its adoption
  • The edge and Kubernetes are a perfect match
  • Developers are all in

Let's dive deeper into why.

What is the hype all about?

With most modern cloud native workloads being built on Kubernetes, organizations are excited to adopt the orchestration platform. However, the challenge confronting these forward-thinking organizations is the need to identify clear use cases and business justifications for making the transition. This is playing out now among many of our Signal Sciences customers. Already, some early adopters are seeking to use our modules for container and service mesh platforms like Kubernetes or Envoy - but, due to legacy apps running on older technology, not all customers are able to move as quickly as they'd like to these new platforms. Here, the Kubernetes solution is a must.

A match made in heaven

The edge computing landscape is fragmented with multiple players from cloud providers, CDN providers and hosting providers to startups and telcos competing for mindshare and attention. There are infinite places for edge computing to go - and infinite ways for it to get there, which makes adaptability essential. To enable these next-generation services while still interoperating with legacy IT, the technologies that power the edge need to be deployable and scalable in any architecture type - edge, cloud, or centralized. This need highlights the value of Kubernetes in that it is entirely hardware and OS-independent.

Developers are betting on Kubernetes

Developers' drive to experiment and innovate has already yielded applications to disrupt entertainment, retail, traditional IT, and many other industries. As they race to determine which apps and workloads can most benefit from moving to the edge, Kubernetes will be their sidekick - the app that's transforming the edge.

The risk

With all the excitement of a new technology there also comes risk. Adoption can tempt organizations to let their ideas run ahead of good security practices. To keep Kubernetes adoption from increasing risk, be sure to follow well known deployment patterns - for example, separating each microservice onto a different container. Organizing your apps and services into Kubernetes clusters in proven ways will also give you an easy way to troubleshoot and diagnose potential issues.


About the Author

Brian Joe 

Brian Joe is senior director of product management at Signal Sciences, where he is responsible for all growth-related product management initiatives. Previously, Brian was director of product management at Verizon Communications and spent 14 years leading product for their DDOS, WAF, Bot Mitigation, DNS, VPN, Networking, Storage, and Video Streaming domains. Brian received his MBA at New York University's Stern School of Business and his BS in Computer Science from UCLA.

Published Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:35 AM by David Marshall
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