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Wizeline 2021 Predictions: The Rise of Integrated DevOps Platforms, Changes to DevOps Culture & More

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The Rise of Integrated DevOps Platforms, Changes to DevOps Culture & More

By Saul Ortigoza, Senior Staff DevOps Site Reliability Engineer of Wizeline

2020 presented new and unique challenges for businesses across the world. Faced with the pandemic and a new way of working, it became evident that change was not an option. Change was a necessity. A necessity that was required almost immediately. 

While the pandemic completely changed our world, it has served as a catalyst for innovation in the IT industry. Businesses that once lagged behind were racing to catch up. Almost overnight, organizations began prioritizing productivity and efficiency. Old legacy systems that didn't fall in line were tossed aside, and modern applications took their place. 

With fewer resources and tighter budgets, cloud computing and DevOps became a saving grace. DevOps increased collaboration between remote teams and enabled quicker deployments while cloud computing made it easier to serve employee and customer needs. A win-win for business and IT leaders. For the organizations that adopted cloud computing and DevOps long ago, the pandemic served as a reminder about the importance of streamlining and securing operations. 

As we look into 2021, here are my predictions for how DevOps use and cloud security will evolve: 

The Rise of Integrated DevOps Platforms in 2021 

I anticipate 2021 will be the year that integrated DevOps platforms gain traction in the market. Now that code versioning, Kubernetes, CI/CD, observability, and infrastructure as code have become more commonplace, DevOps platform providers are looking to offer these tools as a single pane of glass solutions. The difference now is that these platform providers are taking into consideration best practices, compliance measures, cloud provider recommendations, and more. For example, if you look at AWS Proton and Harness, these companies and offerings are gaining traction in the market because of their abstraction capabilities. As the adoption of integrated DevOps platforms continues to rise in 2021, developers and operators will be able to spend more time focusing on developing features and not reinventing the wheel. 

Tool Fragmentation is Resolved

Over the past few years, we've seen a growing problem with tool fragmentation, even when developers and the operations teams are using the same cloud provider. Currently, there are many services on the market that each show a bloated view of system metrics, which makes it difficult to gain a holistic view of the overall system and team performance. The same goes for operational tasks - many things have to be tweaked to get a specific outcome in today's microservices and distributed systems. In 2021, expect to see more facade solutions appear that address this challenge and give the infrastructure and platform a more Heroku feel. When developers and operations teams begin unifying their tooling infrastructure, it will become easier to create an integrated and thriving DevOps culture. 

Companies Will Increase Investment in Data Governance to Secure and Streamline Processes

Once technology organizations have adopted or built a data platform, and usually a data lake, they face a problem of how to make that data meaningful and accessible to the broader company. It requires additional investment in how to access, enrich, and protect internal data. Next year, we will see a continued focus on data governance, privacy, and the bringing of enriched data back to data platforms. We often see customers that download, analyze, and enrich their data, but never push it back to the platform after it's been augmented and improved. As security, compliance, and infrastructure teams struggle to scale and keep track of many resources created in the cloud, policy as code will allow them to write the rule once, review it, and apply it account-wide.

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About the Author

Saul Ortigoza 

Saul Ortigoza is a senior staff site reliability engineer and head of DevOps at Wizeline. He is responsible for helping customers implement and improve DevOps processes. Saul also works closely with Wizeline's engineers to help scale the discipline and DevOps practice internally. Prior to joining Wizeline, Saul was a system test manager at Continental and a lead software architect at appCo MX.

Published Monday, January 25, 2021 7:38 AM by David Marshall
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