Top Five DevOps Trends to look for in 2020

DevOps is no longer just a buzzword in the global corporate industry, but a catalyst that is allowing firms to approach diverse models with a leaner approach.

But what’s more exciting is the fact in recent times, there have some pretty impressive developments in the DevOps arena that will allow it to be even more suited to serving a firm’s needs in all spheres of reach.

In this article, we’ll be discussing the top 5 such DevOps trends that you need to look out for in 2020:

1 - The Growing Role AI in DevOps Automation:

As the tendency to automate processes and make them leaner comes naturally to DevOps, there has been a lot of speculation on the different aspects that AI is going to affect in the field for 2020.

Some firms have already started integrating products like Science Logic’s S1into their DevOps workflows. Working through machine learning, these products can learn from past behavioral data of apps and make faster detections on any issues or glitches. This directly assists the CI/CD model and makes the delivery of non-problematic code much more efficient than otherwise.

Another major aspect that AI is bound to have an impact in DevOps is the arena of testing codes and builds by mimicking implementation environments. This eliminates the inherent risk of introducing instability into the system that comes from testing apps in actual workflows.

Apart from this, AI can serve a wide variety of functionalities in DevOps ranging from prediction of issues before they arise to writing code by accessing log reports, giving it a central place into the scheme of things as we head on to the next decade.

2 - Adoption of Serverless DevOps:

This is not something new but it has definitely gained more traction in the past couple of years as agile services and products that serve these needs in a much more integrated manner come to the fore.

Starting off from AWS Lambda's introduction in 2014, Serverless DevOps has allowed devs to be free from the concern of providing a server to run on for the app’s code. Serverless doesn’t imply that servers won’t be there as the complete elimination of servers is not possible. It means that the Dev is not the person who has to bring it and manage it.

This will bring in a faster initiation time and professional agility of processes. And newer products continue to bring in even more significant advantages. Cloud Run, a Google-based service, doesn’t require devs to upload code as it enables them to just bring their own containers and start right away.

Serverless options are now being made available on other platforms like Kubernetes as well and industry experts believe that they will continue to diversify and ease processes as more firms implement them leading to scalability.

3- DevSecOps:

Security is second to none in importance when it comes to defining the integral parts of the app development and implementation process. However, conventional practices dictated that its only bolted after the whole process of development has been completed, giving rise to project timeline extensions longer than they were necessary.

And that’s exactly what DevSecOps will change by ensuring that security is built into the software during its development.

This ensures that the responsibility of ensuring product security is shared equally by all teams, ensuring that vulnerabilities are taken care of during the first phase of development.

Organizations will benefit from this significantly as with it, they will not be required to tackle the observation of several different products and environments after the development process has been completed. This rise in the practice of “Compliance as Code” will enable them to satisfactorily release products that no longer require testing rounds.

Products will come patched and ready to work, empowering the CI/CD model further.

Firms like SysDig are offering ready to implement solutions for this already and the product space continues to grow as more firms learn about the importance of treating security as a development stage process rather than an add-on.

This has opened up space for other important aspects of the application lifecycle like QA to be incorporated into automated pipelines as well just like security, leading to further elimination of redundant events in the DevOps space that slow down the CI/CD model.

4 - Kubernetes:

Emulating the success of every other software tool that runs through an open-source mechanism, Kubernetes has allowed DevOps firms to increase efficiency by streamlining operations through its role as an incredibly useful container orchestrator.

2019 saw its role grow significantly, with the DevOps space giving it high significance and enhancing its implementation into their operational workflows.

Many applications are now being introduced in the market are running on it by default. On top of this, software vendors are also towing along the same lines by offering it full support by including it in their rollouts.

Its high adoption can also be attributed to the fact that its APIs are now being tested, generated and made available at a much faster rate than was the case some years ago.

The only challenge it has faced till now has been that its implementation has been vigorously verified to work on a wide range of loads. But many industry experts believe that this is more because of it being new than incapable. Whatever the case, Kubernetes seems like it’s not just here to stay but play a significantly growing role in the DevOps space by 2020.

5 - The Rise of Microservice Architecture:

Monolithic Architecture was the go-to architecture style in developing services for a very long time until Microservices architecture came and showed everyone how the former was highly redundant and cumbersome.

That’s because Monolithic architecture treats the whole unit as one unified whole, making it difficult to work on small issues without disturbing the whole product space.

Microservice architecture, on the other hand, brings in extreme levels of operational efficiency in managing a DevOps team as it allows devs to work on only those things that require attention, but without affecting the product’s ability to function.

Through it, DevOps teams can catch issues and resolve them at a much faster rate than was possible in architecture following the Monolithic model. And that’s exactly the case why large organizations that need agile service delivery like Uber, Netflix and Google have retired the use of Monolithic architecture a long time ago.

Wrapping Things Up:

The diverse applicability of DevOps in multiple different business processes has allowed it to become an indispensable aspect of any successful organization’s working capabilities.

And coupled with the significant improvements and advancements brought in by these top 5, rising trends for 2020, the importance of DevOps is only slated to grow even further as we head into the next decade.