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DuploCloud 2022 Predictions: Trends to Watch for In DevOps and the Cloud Infrastructure Landscape in 2022

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Trends to Watch for In DevOps and the Cloud Infrastructure Landscape in 2022

By Venkat Thiruvengadam, Founder and CEO of DuploCloud

DevOps and the cloud infrastructure landscape have undergone dramatic changes over the past several years as companies work overtime to keep data and other digital assets secure. This need has only grown with the use of agile cloud computing platforms, shared storage/data, rapidly deploying dynamic applications, and the ‘lift and shift' model of companies migrating to the cloud. These dynamics will continue to play an outsized role for the foreseeable future.

2021 also saw major shifts in the landscape as companies adopted new best practices and policies as a result of experiments run during the pandemic. 2022 promises to drive continued innovation in the space. I believe that there will be a number of trends that will come into play next year, including:

The DevOps skills shortage will only continue to grow, accelerating the need for no-code / low code solutions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that by 2026, the shortage of engineers in the US will exceed 1.2M. In addition, only 39.6% of candidates for DevOps job openings fully meet employers' requirements. (source). A separate survey by VeraCode verifies this trend. It found that nearly 40% of organizations said the hardest employees to find are all-purpose DevOps gurus with sufficient knowledge about security testing. That same survey found that 64% of DevOps professionals said they learned their most relevant skills on the job.

Add that to the rapidly changing environments (a CIO 2020 Report said that 61% of organizations believe that their environment changes once every minute or less) and It is increasingly difficult for DevOps teams to stay up-to-date, which leads to deployment errors that need to be identified and analyzed manually, significantly slowing down time to market. In other words, the growing skills shortage will slow down overall application modernization, cloud migration, and automation projects which are critical for both business growth and to remain competitive.

Companies will continue to move away from Cloud-First to Cloud-Only. Infrastructure-as-Code low-code and even no-code platforms will make it increasingly simple and a strategic business move for organizations without cloud-savvy DevOps engineers to migrate to the cloud and unlock new opportunities for innovation and productivity.

With the increasing adoption of public clouds, enterprises are moving towards a state where cloud operations are 100% software-driven. Applications are becoming a combination of micro-services using containers, managed services for databases, messaging, key-value stores, NoSQL stores, Lambda functions, and object stores.

​​NoOps is on the rise. Despite the improvements and continued market demand for container orchestration frameworks like Kubernetes, the learning curve is not getting any easier. The steep learning curve, paired with the continued IT skills shortage, will accelerate the need for simpler, more automated solutions. Eventually, operations workflows will become fully automated with minimal need for manual intervention. (source and source).

Bringing products to market is getting easier. New startups are going from $0 to $1B in less time because they don't have to reinvent the wheel due to technological innovations like no-code/low code. In 2022, no-code-low-code solutions will make infrastructure-as-code accessible to application developers. That means application developers who were previously locked out of a business idea because they lacked infastructure-as-code expertise will now be able to get started with minimal coding knowledge.

As you can see, there are a number of trends driving the space, with the biggest being the DevOps skill shortages. Companies will need to put a plan in place - whether it is budgeting more money for staff, leveraging a technology platform, or some other strategic solution that will help them achieve their business goals in a timely manner. I am also super excited to see the new innovations that come to market as a result of new technology enabling businesses to create software in the areas they are experts in without coding knowledge. Here's to 2022!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Venkat Thiruvengadam 

Venkat Thiruvengadam is the Founder and CEO of DuploCloud (https://duplocloud.com/), an end-to-end DevOps automation and compliance platform that takes high-level application specifications from the user and translates them to secure cloud configurations. Venkat was also an early engineer at Microsoft Azure and the first developer and founding member in Azure's networking team, Venkat wrote significant parts of Azure's compute and network controller stack.

Published Friday, November 26, 2021 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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