DevOps, a set of practices that combines software development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops), has tremendously improved how software is developed and released.
Organizations have been re-evaluating their DevOps strategies and adopting DevOps best practices to accelerate digital transformation.
Organizations can even have their development teams leverage consulting services that consist of Azure solution-based processes that make for a complete Continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD), or simply CI/CD, pipeline.
DevOps helps companies improve software quality, the uptime of applications, and consistency in an automated build. Current DevOps trends will continue to see a boom, with unique innovations as many companies accelerate their digital transformation and work to adopt DevOps.
Trends in DevOps to Keep an Eye On
Let’s highlight some DevOps trends to watch out for this and coming years.
1. Accelerated Adoption
In a year that is seeing an increasing number of organizations turning out to be remote-first and remote-friendly, the factor that has empowered the workforce to succeed is digital technology.
Cloud workloads are getting distributed and as a result, more complex. And major applications are built on microservice models, which can be hard to oversee for many teams. Here, the main advantage of a DevOps model is reliability, scalability, and security of the framework.
To keep up a secure and scalable system, teams must adopt a DevOps mindset accordingly. We anticipate more and more teams understanding this and this will quicken the adoption of DevOps.
2. Maturation of Infrastructure Automation (IA) Tools
In the case of both on-premise and cloud setups, infrastructure automation tools enable teams to plan and automate delivery services.
DevOps teams will utilize IA to automate the design, delivery, and management of IT foundation at scale and with greater quality and reliability.
IA tools offer numerous benefits to DevOps teams:
- Support for immutable and programmable infrastructure.
- Multi and hybrid cloud infrastructure organization.
- Self-administration, on-request environment creation.
- Simplicity of experimentation.
- Effective asset provisioning.
We will see more integrations of IA tools with other pipeline segments in the future. Teams will enjoy greater agility by applying CI/CD ideas to IT foundations.
3. Focus on DevOps Security
Companies are working hard to secure their digital systems, and they’re instructing their teams on the best ways to keep data and frameworks secure. DevOps is no exception.
As the core team is responsible for deploying and keeping up the framework as well as configuring and storing the secrets for applications that are deployed, DevOps teams must continue to keep security top of mind.
Both Security and DevOps teams need clear cycles set up and tight configurations implemented on servers and cloud access. We see DevOps not as an obstacle to secure workloads, but rather as an enabler.
These DevOps teams will keep on cooperating to ensure applications and infrastructure are deployed in an increasingly auditable, automated, and secure way.
Many organizations may evaluate if they need to be deploying software many times per day and if this keeps their security and consistency objectives in mind.
With the focus on security, this may change how DevOps teams work. It is to be more of a balance between speed and process.
4. More Complex Toolchains
A DevOps toolchain is a set of tools that help pipeline activity. A well-designed toolchain enables team members to:
- Precisely measure metrics.
- Work together with basic targets.
- Have quick input on all code changes.
DevOps toolchains are getting more complex and more extensive. Pipelines are also acquiring new security highlights.
CI tooling is developing with new frameworks that make it simple to make and maintain a build script. Tools supporting package management and containers are also advancing quickly.
What to expect this and coming years: Toolchain vendors will start offering more extensive arrangements across the development and delivery cycle.
Organizations will have more than one toolchain to help various stacks and delivery platforms (COTS, cloud, mainframe, container-native, and so on).
5. Rise of DevSecOps
DevSecOps is getting more programmable, so we expect to see more significant levels of automation this year.
Cloud-native security will turn out to be more basic as organizations embrace Kubernetes, serverless, and other cloud-based technologies.
Teams need new tools and processes to protect assets, which is the reason we anticipate a wide adoption of DevSecOps this year.
To improve the ability to build, design, deploy, and maintain quality software, companies need to adopt these DevOps trends. Adopting these trends on time will also permit companies to remain competitive in another intense year for DevOps.