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Kasten 2023 Predictions: The Evolution of SysAdmins to DevOps in 2023


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The Evolution of SysAdmins to DevOps in 2023

By Michael Cade, Senior Global Technologist at Kasten by Veeam

In 2023, DevOps is the new SysAdmin. The need to evolve and enhance SysAdmin teams is growing every day as data protection moves up the priorities lists for enterprises. Not only are security priorities rising and covering more ground than ever before, but an impending recession may push leadership to pivot into DevOps anyway. As Kubernetes grows in awareness and interest, more and more will be expected of SysAdmins to learn a new era of data protection and backup planning. Check out my top three predictions for the evolution of DevOps and Kubernetes in 2023.

Systems Administrators (SysAdmins) will evolve to create the need for greater data storage protection and education
From the perspective of a Kubernetes lifecycle, there is growing awareness of and interest in the new avenues opening within the storage and backup space. More than 60% of KubeCon attendees were new to the industry, which shows that the sysadmin and overall operations space is evolving. We can expect to see a lot more from platform engineering teams as data being stored in Kubernetes will need to be protected. Education will continue to be important, as advancement in educational workshops and training programs will help bridge the skills gap. 

The incoming recession will force companies to pivot to DevOps and automation
Based on what we saw at KubeCon and VMware Explore this year, we are seeing the evolution of the sysadmin. This means keeping a greater eye on Kubernetes, cloud platforms, and virtualization as well as surrounding technologies such as Linux, CI/CD, infrastructure as code and configuration management. With the economic downturn, industry leaders will have to think about shift-left, automation and DevOps, policy-based management, etc. Rather than saying it is impossible, experts will now have to do a lot more with a lot less, which will require much more automation.  

Security priorities will change to favor DevOps, data backup and management
Over the last few years in the DevOps space, there was no force pushing industry leaders to learn how to use new platforms and get things done. Now, however, teams will be reduced and there will be a need to streamline processes. From a security perspective, this will be top of mind, followed by data backup and management, making up our top three priorities in 2023. Traditionally, data management or specifically backup has been at the bottom of the list but that's going to change as people leverage data and have the requirement to provide portability to applications and data more. People will have to be more efficient when using specific technology to optimize their desired results. Multi-cloud costs will continue to grow and DevSecOps will be a big concern. With the evolution of systems, companies will face a big learning curve, like they may have done when virtualization first arrived. 

The change from SysAdmins to DevOps teams may seem far off and daunting, but it will happen in a flash. Just like we learned new technology in the past, soon Kubernetes will be commonplace. K8 made waves in 2022, but it will make an even bigger impact on how we manage data backup in the new year.




Michael Cade is a Senior Global Technologist for Kasten by Veeam Software. Based in the UK with over 16 years of industry experience with a key focus on technologies such as cloud native, automation & data management. His role at Kasten is to act as a technical thought leader, community champion and project owner to engage with the community to enable influencers and customers to overcome the challenges of Cloud Native Data Management and be successful, speaking at events sharing the technical vision and corporate strategy whilst providing ongoing feedback from the field into product management to shape the future success.

Published Tuesday, November 22, 2022 7:29 AM by David Marshall
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